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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: Is Frostbite likely sticking hand out of moving car in 34 degrees?

    Dear Tom, My kids will sometimes put their hands outside the car window for a few seconds when we are driving like 60 mph on an expressway, and it's 34 degrees. Is frostbite possible? — Les Sender Dear Les, Frostbite is injury to the skin...
  • Light snow greets morning commute

    Light snow greets morning commute
    Light snow was expected Wednesday morning and afternoon, dusting the Chicago area with just under an inch of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-30s Wednesday before dipping into the mid-20s...
  • Mild weekend to bring break from cold

    Mild weekend to bring break from cold
    Saturday's weather may trick some Chicagoland residents into believing that spring has arrived early. The day promises some sunshine and temperatures that will peak in the mid- and upper 40s, the mildest readings since Dec. 27, according to Tom...
  • Ask Tom: What is the meaning behind the sailor's 'red skies' proverb?

    Ask Tom: What is the meaning behind the sailor's 'red skies' proverb?
    Dear Tom, What is the scientific reasoning behind the proverb, "Red skies at night, sailor's delight. Red skies in morning, sailors take warning"? — Ed Bara, Tinley Park, and John Gaughan Dear Ed and John, Variations of this adage can be...
  • Ask Tom: Does the North Pole get thunderstorms?

    Dear Tom, Can there be thunderstorms at the North Pole? — Terry Price, Asheville, N.C. Dear Terry, Thunderstorms are a genuinely rare phenomenon across the usually frigid far north of Alaska and Canada and northward from there across the...
  • Ask Tom: Does the 'January thaw' exist?

    Dear Tom, SLK The expected end-of-the-week warmup sounds a lot like the "January thaw." Do statistics support its existence? — Richard L. Ettlinger, Highland Park Dear Richard, They do. The "January thaw" is a weather singularity, an event...
  • Ask Tom: What is black ice?

    Dear Tom, What is black ice? — Trudy, Libertyville Dear Trudy, Black ice is just regular ice that forms on streets, sidewalks and driveways. It is nearly invisible because it takes on the color of the pavement, often black on an asphalt surface....
  • CPS, more than 125 other districts close as dangerous weather arrives

    CPS, more than 125 other districts close as dangerous weather arrives
    Chicago Public Schools and more than 125 school districts in the area decided to close Wednesday as a cold front sliding off the Canadian Rockies threatens to drive wind chills into dangerous territory for the next two days. Chicago school buildings...
  • Most schools closed as dangerous cold settles in

    Most schools closed as dangerous cold settles in
    More than 200 school districts across the area, including Chicago Public Schools, were closed Wednesday as temperatures hovered around zero at daybreak and dangerous wind chills were in the forecast for the rest of the week. For those who ventured out,...
  • With Tom Skilling, the weather isn't frightful

    With Tom Skilling, the weather isn't frightful
    There's a noticeable void in our city's leadership these days. It's reached the point where I'm tired of reaching for a pouting quarterback or the porcelain point guard as our figurehead. We need to recognize that the leader who calls the shots, affects...
  • Tom Skilling soaks up sun while Chicago freezes

    As the Chicago area slogs through arctic misery this week, a local stalwart is conspicuously absent from the frigid fun. WGN weather forecaster Tom Skilling has been enjoying a particularly timely vacation in Hawaii this week. Channel 9 anchors...