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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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  • 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...
  • Ask Tom: What causes wind?

    Dear Tom, Why does the wind blow? — Sally Johnson, Kenosha Dear Sally, The fundamental cause of wind is unequal heating of the air. For example, on a sunny and mild spring day, air over communities like Kenosha andChicago that are adjacent to...
  • After record cold overnight, let the warmup begin

    After record cold overnight, let the warmup begin
    Chicago set a new record low overnight, but temperatures are expected to spring forward through the weekend and we could be basking in the 50s under sunny skies by Tuesday. The low overnight was zero degrees at O'Hare International Airport, breaking the...
  • Ask Tom: What is the Maunder minimum?

    Dear Tom, What is the Maunder minimum? — Bob Kozlik, Riverwoods Dear Bob, The Maunder minimum was a period of extreme reduced solar activity that occurred from about 1640 to 1715. It was named for British astronomers Annie and E. Walter Maunder,...
  • Ask Tom: Why is New York warmer than Chicago in winter?

    Dear Tom, I note that during the winter months New York City is consistently warmer than Chicago. Why is this? — Dave Gavin, Mount Prospect Dear Dave, New York City and Chicago sit approximately the same distance north of the equator, and it...
  • Cold Chicago February leads to dry, cracked skin and dandruff

    Cold Chicago February leads to dry, cracked skin and dandruff
    As if braving the frigid February temperatures hasn’t been bad enough, Chicagoans have been in the depths of a serious dry spell. While the sub-zero temperatures—which contributed to last month's tying the coldest February on record—...
  • Tips for making a Chicago apartment less dry

    Tips for making a Chicago apartment less dry
    Since we’ve established that Chicago’s current dry spell is just as obnoxious as the cold, is there really anything we can do about it? Meteorologist Tom Skilling and engineer Konrad Witek of Buffalo Grove-based HVAC retailer ecomfort.com have...
  • Ask Tom: What was the weather like the day of the Eastland disaster?

    Dear Tom, The recently discovered video of the Eastland disaster shows the day to be overcast. What was the weather like the day the Eastland sank? — Steve Ignots, Elk Grove Village Dear Steve, It was nearly a century ago when the fully loaded...