RSS feeds allow Web site content to be gathered via feed reader software. Click the subscribe link to obtain the feed URL for this page. The feed will update when new content appears on this page.

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...
Show more »
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.
« Show less

Top Tom Skilling Articles

Displaying items 23-33
  • Ask Tom: Where in the Southern Hemisphere does it snow the most?

    Dear Tom, Now that our snow season is about over, what areas in the Southern Hemisphere receive significant snowfall during their winter? — Herschel Weller Dear Herschel, The geography of the Southern Hemisphere, with its abundance of water...
  • Rain, thunderstorms to return as front approaches

    In addition to the tornadoes and large hail that swept across the far northwest suburbs this past week, torrential rains poured down, sending portions of the Fox and Des Plaines rivers into flood stage. Sunshine and mild, 60-degree temperatures on...
  • Ask Tom: When will Chicago experience a full solar eclipse?

    Dear Tom, We sometimes have partial eclipses of the sun in Chicago, but when are we going to have a total eclipse? — Lynn Cook Dear Lynn, A solar eclipse occurs when the moon is coincidentally positioned in space between the Earth and the sun....
  • Lackluster severe weather season ramps up

    The severe weather season across Illinois this year, lackluster because spring has been relatively cool and dry, appears poised to make up for lost time. Severe thunderstorms — producing gusts of 58 mph or higher, 1-inch-diameter or larger hail, a...
  • Ask Tom: How are a day's high and low determined?

    Dear Tom, How are a day's high and low temperatures determined, as they appear here and in the records of the National Weather Service? — Rich Henders, Batavia Dear Rich, On this weather page, Chicago's expected daily high and low temperatures...
  • Ask Tom: Why do weather changes cause headaches or joint aches?

    Dear Tom, Why do I feel painful headaches in my temples (or joints) when the weather changes abruptly, as in stormy weather? — Diana Kuhiwczak Dear Diana, Air pressure usually falls, sometimes considerably, when major weather systems approach....
  • Spring snow making roads hazardous, even for the governor

    Spring snow making roads hazardous, even for the governor
    Executive powers are apparently no match for snow. Particularly Monday's driving bands of snow that slickened roads, cut visibility and caused a collision involving Gov. Rauner's motorcade -- one of dozens of spinouts that jammed traffic on every...
  • Ask Tom: What causes huge chunks of ice to fall from the sky?

    Dear Tom, What can cause a random megacryometer to fall from the sky? — Kevin O'Connor, North Aurora Dear Kevin, Megacryometers are huge chunks of ice that on rare occasions fall from a cloudless sky. Weighing from 2 to 400 pounds, they have...
  • Ask Tom: Is snow possible after Chicago area's recent 70-degree high?

    Dear Tom, We've already had a 70-degree high this spring. Are we likely to get more measurable snow? — Jonathan Hodges, Kankakee Dear Jonathan, Longtime Chicago residents have learned that early-season warmth does not equate to the end of the...
  • Ask Tom: Does lightning help 'feed' crops and plants?

    Dear Tom, Do thunderstorms produce free fertilizer for crops and other plant life? — Mike Leighly, Batavia Dear Mike, Indeed they do. Plants require nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium for growth, the major components of plant fertilizers. It is...
  • Ask Tom: Was Chicago's 1935-36 winter atypical for the decade?

    Dear Tom, Wasn't the brutally cold winter of 1935-36 an island, surrounded by a sea of unusually mild winters during the rest of that decade? — Brian Beecher Dear Brian, It was. During the 1930s, widespread portions of the Plains and Midwest...