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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: 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: Why are day, night not equal on equinox?

    Dear Tom, On Sept. 26 the sunrise and sunset times (6:42 a.m./6:41 p.m.) "crossed over" to less daylight, yet the autumnal equinox has passed. Why? — Jim Spicer Dear Jim, The autumnal equinox occurred Sept. 22 at 9:29 p.m. when two conditions...
  • Ask Tom: Can a day with clouds be 100% sunny?

    Dear Tom, Recent weather pages have referred to 100 percent sunny days. Does that mean there isn't a single cloud all day? — Greg Stricharchuk Dear Greg, Using the times of sunrise and sunset, the total number of minutes of possible sunshine can...
  • Ask Tom: What is the sunrise/sunset location in Chicago?

    Dear Tom, What is the location for the sunrise/sunset times published on the Chicago Tribune weather page? — E. Foertsch, Chicago Dear E. Sunrise and sunset times across a large metropolitan area can vary by several minutes depending on the...
  • 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...
  • WGN shuffles anchors as it expands evening news

    WGN shuffles anchors as it expands evening news
    WGN-Ch.9 is shifting its anchors throughout the day to accommodate the expansion of its evening news to two hours beginning Sept. 8. Mark Suppelsa and Micah Materre, who co-anchor the WGN News at Nine, will do the same for the evening news from 4 to 6...
  • Roy Leonard, beloved WGN Radio personality, is dead at 83

    Roy Leonard, beloved WGN Radio personality, is dead at 83
    Roy Leonard, a courtly, erudite New Englander who became one of Chicago radio's biggest and most durable stars, a celebrity interviewer of national stature, and a trusted and thus highly influential critic of Chicago-area arts and entertainment, died...
  • Storms in the forecast for Air and Water Show

    Storms in the forecast for Air and Water Show
    This weekend's Air and Water Show could be buffeted by storms. There is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms both Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, with high in the upper 70s or lower 80s. WGN-TV meteorologist...
  • Chicago's hazy summer days could be gone

    Chicago's hazy summer days could be gone
    Summer in Chicago? It sure doesn’t feel like it. Lately you could slice through this air with a knife. And the sun has lost some of its luster. The good news? The thick air could be gone as soon as Tuesday. Part of the problem is the Canadian...
  • Tuesday could be hottest day of summer

    Tuesday could be hottest day of summer
    Chicago could be in for the hottest day of the summer Tuesday, with temperatures in the 90s to go with higher humidity. The National Weather Service is predicting heat indexes – which combine temperature and humidity into one uncomfortable...