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Tom Skilling

Tom Skilling
Tom Skilling, WGN-TV chief meteorologist, appears weekdays on WGN Midday News, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine. He celebrated his 30th anniversary with WGN-TV in August 2008. Since 1997, Skilling has masterminded the weather page in the Chicago Tribune. In the city of Chicago and beyond, he has become the superman of meteorology: when in doubt, it is Tom that the city turns to when figuring out the mysteries of nature. WGN-TV received the 2005 Environmental Reporting Award from the Audubon Society, an accomplishment that is due to Tom's performance.

Tom's passion for weather, his graphics-packed presentations and tireless attempts to explain the weather, led to a daily column...
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Tom Skilling, WGN-TV chief meteorologist, appears weekdays on WGN Midday News, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine. He celebrated his 30th anniversary with WGN-TV in August 2008. Since 1997, Skilling has masterminded the weather page in the Chicago Tribune. In the city of Chicago and beyond, he has become the superman of meteorology: when in doubt, it is Tom that the city turns to when figuring out the mysteries of nature. WGN-TV received the 2005 Environmental Reporting Award from the Audubon Society, an accomplishment that is due to Tom's performance.

Tom's passion for weather, his graphics-packed presentations and tireless attempts to explain the weather, led to a daily column and his own weather page in the Chicago Tribune and a weekly series on WGN News, "Ask Tom". Tom is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the National Weather Association, and Sigma Chi. He serves on the AMS nominating committee and holds the AMS's Television Seal of Approval. In January 1995, Tom received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.
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  • Tom Skilling's forecast from 1980 might as well be predicting today's weather

    Tom Skilling's forecast from 1980 might as well be predicting today's weather
    The weather on Feb. 7, 1980 looked to be about as terrible as it is today, and of course Tom Skilling was there to give the forecast.  In honor of National Weatherperson's Day, we dug up an early forecast from WGN's Skilling, and he might as well be...
  • Thundersnow: More Montana or Lake Ontario than Chicago

    Thundersnow: More Montana or Lake Ontario than Chicago
    The thundersnow storm that produced thunder and lightning over parts of Chicago today is a phenomenon seen often in Colorado, Montana and on the shores of Lake Ontario, but is a relatively rare occurrence here. Simply put, thundersnow is “the same...
  • Thundersnow confirmed in downtown Chicago, Tom Skilling says

    Thundersnow confirmed in downtown Chicago, Tom Skilling says
    The snow storm moving through Chicago is about to get loud.  WGN Meteorologist Tom Skilling told RedEye on Monday that the storm has already produced "thundersnow," or lightning in the air during a snow event, around Chicago, including in the Loop. ...
  • A 'powerhouse' punch of snow, sleet, freezing rain, thunderstorms

    A 'powerhouse' punch of snow, sleet, freezing rain, thunderstorms
    A "powerhouse storm" will hit the Chicago area late tonight through Thursday morning, packing thunderstorms, freezing rain, sleet and maybe some heavy snow, the National Weather Service warns. Temperatures could reach the lower 50s by Thursday...
  • 'Full-purpose winter storm' looms

     'Full-purpose winter storm' looms
    It is fitting perhaps that this winter would give the Chicago area a wisp of spring hope, only to wallop the region with yet another storm. This one could be a "powerhouse" that might feature flooding, a mix of snow, sleet, rain and hail. And, yes, 50...
  • This winter has its sunny side

    This winter has its sunny side
    Here's a bright spot on the weather: Nearly 60 percent of the days this month were sunny, way above normal. February has so far seen 59 percent of the possible sunshine, 13 percent more than normal and 24 percent more than a year ago. But that was...
  • Snow is in tonight's forecast

    Snow is in tonight's forecast
    The springlike weather Friday will revert to something more like January today and Sunday, with temperatures expected to drop into the teens and with some snow on the horizon. The snow isn't expected to be much, with the National Weather Service...
  • Snow falls again in Chicago, more on the way: 'It's not over yet'

    Snow falls again in Chicago, more on the way: 'It's not over yet'
    The lake-effect snow that fell this morning will not be the last Chicagoans will see this week. Another inch or two is expected during a storm system on track to arrive Monday afternoon or evening, said David Beachler, a meteorologist with the...
  • When can I see the lunar eclipse in Chicago?

    When can I see the lunar eclipse in Chicago?
    A rare celestial show will be visible in the early-morning sky Tuesday in Chicago--if the weather cooperates. A full lunar eclipse will unfold over three hours beginning at 12:58 a.m. Tuesday as Earth's shadow falls across the moon, shifting its color...
  • How realistic is the 2015 of 'Back to the Future Part II'?

    How realistic is the 2015 of 'Back to the Future Part II'?
    The future — at least Chicago-born director Robert Zemeckis' idea of the future, as envisioned in 1989 — arrives, in our present space-time continuum, in 553 Earth days. That date, Oct. 21, 2015, is when "Back to the Future Part II" is set,...
  • Chicago already plowed through half its snow removal budget

    Chicago already plowed through half its snow removal budget
    The City of Chicago already has used about half its 2014 plowing budget trying to deal with the deep snow and intense cold that took hold this month. The city has spent $11.2 million since Dec. 31 on snow removal, according to city spokesman Bill...