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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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  • Ask Tom: Does extreme weather ever catch us by total surprise?

    Dear Tom, Has there ever been extreme weather — heat, cold, rain or snow that was not predicted — that's been a complete surprise? — Elaine Phillips Dear Elaine, Weather forecasting accuracy has increased by leaps and bounds in the...
  • Autumn to winter in a day: From near 60 to the 20s

    Autumn to winter in a day: From near 60 to the 20s
    It was near 60 in some places in the Chicago area as the day broke Tuesday. And that may be the last time we see that mark in a long time. Temperatures already started dropping by 7 a.m. and were expected to hit the 20s at nightfall. The highs this...
  • Ask Tom: Does Punxsutawney Phil know what he's doing?

    Dear Tom, Please settle a dispute. I maintain that Punxsutawney Phil, the famed prognosticating groundhog, doesn't know what he's doing, but my opponent in this discussion claims the opposite. — George Hunter, Chicago Dear George, In American...
  • Cold comfort: Chicago will miss the big snow but not the big chill

    Cold comfort: Chicago will miss the big snow but not the big chill
    Looks like the Chicago area will miss the first major snowstorm of the season by a couple hundred miles, but the cold will settle in for a good long stay. After a breezy Monday with highs in the 60s in some places, the week will get cold with lows in the...
  • Ask Tom: Where to go to match sun angle on summer solstice?

    Dear Tom, How far south would I have to take a vacation on Dec. 21 to receive the same angle of sunlight as we do in Chicago on June 21? — Dan Panozzo, Aurora Dear Dan, We posed your question to Dan Joyce, an astronomer at Triton College's...
  • Ask Tom: Does ice ever fully cover Lake Michigan?

    Dear Tom, Does Lake Michigan ever freeze over? Our Lake Simcoe (in Canada) freezes, usually to a depth of 20 to 28 inches. — George Leggett, Barrie, Ontario Dear George, Environment Canada and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
  • Ask Tom: Why aren't normal daily temperatures reliable?

    Dear Tom, It seems as if Chicago's normal daily temperatures aren't reliable because the actual high temperature on a day rarely matches the day's normal high. Your thoughts? Alan Bennington Dear Alan, "Normal" temperatures are average temperatures...
  • Ask Tom: When will our 1st big snowstorm come?

    Dear Tom, When will we get our first big snowstorm? — Kevin Clauser (grade-schooler), Berwyn Dear Kevin, Chicago has already logged its first official snow of the season — just a few snowflakes in the air Oct. 4 — but you're...
  • Tom Skilling: Chill expected to ease

    Record cold on Saturday, and near-freezing temperatures across portions of the Chicago area Sunday morning, were the product of a deep, stationary storm system north of Lake Superior. Known to meteorologists as a "cut-off" low, typical west-to-east...
  • Ask Tom: Which decade was hottest for September?

    Dear Tom, Which decade set the record for the most 90-degree-plus days in September? My guess is the 1950s as I recall sitting and sweating in hot elementary school classrooms. — Jeff Kehoe, Oswego Dear Jeff, Your guess is correct. The 1950s...
  • Ask Tom: Why is humidity higher in morning?

    Dear Tom, Why is the humidity reading so much higher in the morning than later in the day? — Carey Morrisson, Valparaiso Dear Carey, Relative humidity is the ratio, expressed as a percentage, of the water vapor present in the atmosphere to the...