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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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Top Tom Skilling Articles

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  • December could be cloudiest on books in Chicago

    December could be cloudiest on books in Chicago
    Baby, it’s gray outside. This month is on track to be one of the cloudiest Decembers on record in Chicago, according to National Weather Service data. Monday is the 15th day this month without a scrap of sunshine, according to WGN-TV meteorologist...
  • Ask Tom: Which Chicago Christmas was the coldest? The warmest?

    Dear Tom, When did Chicago experience its coldest and warmest Christmases? — Stephen Verhaeren, Palos Park Dear Stephen, As unusual as it seems, Chicago's coldest and warmest Christmases came back to back in 1982 and 1983. Christmas 1982 was...
  • Ask Tom: How many times has 10 inches of snow or more fallen in one day?

    Dear Tom, Recently you talked about the climatology of Chicago's daily 6-inch-plus snowfalls. How many days has the city received 10 inches or more of snow in a single day? — Brian Dunne, Westmont Dear Brian, While Chicago has logged more than...
  • Ask Tom: What is used to measure sunshine duration?

    Dear Tom, Sometimes you mention that Chicago has had a 100 percent sunny day, and you give the number of hours and minutes. The National Weather Service does not provide that information. Where do you get it? — Steve Klein, Bolingbrook Dear...
  • Ask Tom: What is dew point?

    Dear Tom, What is "dew point"? — Ray Cook, Wheaton Dear Ray, It's a question we hear frequently. Here's the definition: The dew point is the temperature to which air must be cooled in order for saturation to occur. And here are some related...
  • Ask Tom: What was city's greatest temperature deviation from normal?

    Dear Tom, What was the city's greatest temperature deviation from normal on any day in its history? — Allen Moody, Island Lake Dear Allen, The date was Christmas Eve in 1983, the coldest day in Chicago's history based on the average temperature....
  • Ask Tom: What's record for time dealing with below-freezing weather?

    Dear Tom, What is Chicago's record for consecutive hours below freezing in November? — Chuck Kennell Dear Chuck, A check of the city's climate records by Chicago climatologist Frank Wachowski revealed that during a late November cold snap in...
  • Cold, windy weather this week, but little snow

    Cold, windy weather this week, but little snow
    The dusting of snow that coated much of Chicago over the weekend brought with it frigid temperatures that are expected to stick around at least until this weekend. Highs aren't expected to pass 30 degrees until Saturday and Sunday, which have highs...
  • After record cold, warmer temps today but some snow

    After record cold, warmer temps today but some snow
    Light snowfall and warmer temperatures are expected Wednesday morning. Portions of northeast Illinois, including Chicago, were to see a half-inch to an inch of snow by 10 a.m. Wednesday, with more accumulation expected in the far north suburbs,...
  • Ask Tom: What are williwaws?

    Dear Tom, My father commanded a ship during World War II that was based in Attu, an island in the Aleutian chain. He told stories of incredibly high seas caused by the "williwaw." Are there details on those storms? — Lucy (Alden) DeLap, Dundee...
  • Ask Tom: Has city had a white Thanksgiving without a white Christmas?

    Dear Tom, Has Chicago ever had a white Thanksgiving but not a white Christmas? — Chuck Kennell and Doug Memler, Naperville Dear Chuck and Doug, According to Chicago's snowfall records, which date to winter 1884-85, during the previous 130...