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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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  • 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...
  • Ask Tom: Will winter be mild or pack a wallop?

    Dear Tom, What kind of a winter are we going to have? — Lisa Collins Dear Lisa, The environment sometimes provides reliable clues about the nature of the upcoming winter, but now we're receiving mixed signals. Consider these factors: A strong El...
  • Ask Tom: What's the chance of 6 inches of snow on Christmas?

    Ask Tom: What's the chance of 6 inches of snow on Christmas?
    Dear Tom, A local car dealer had a Black Friday promotion in which anyone who bought a car would get it for free if Chicago officially records 6 inches of snow on Christmas Day. It seems like a risky proposition. Is it? — Larry Mayerhofer,...
  • Ask Tom: Does extreme weather ever catch us by total surprise?

    Dear Tom, Has there ever been extreme weather — heat, cold, rain or snow that was not predicted — that's been a complete surprise? — Elaine Phillips Dear Elaine, Weather forecasting accuracy has increased by leaps and bounds in the...
  • Cold comfort: Chicago will miss the big snow but not the big chill

    Cold comfort: Chicago will miss the big snow but not the big chill
    Looks like the Chicago area will miss the first major snowstorm of the season by a couple hundred miles, but the cold will settle in for a good long stay. After a breezy Monday with highs in the 60s in some places, the week will get cold with lows in the...
  • Ask Tom: Does Punxsutawney Phil know what he's doing?

    Dear Tom, Please settle a dispute. I maintain that Punxsutawney Phil, the famed prognosticating groundhog, doesn't know what he's doing, but my opponent in this discussion claims the opposite. — George Hunter, Chicago Dear George, In American...
  • 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: Where to go to match sun angle on summer solstice?

    Dear Tom, How far south would I have to take a vacation on Dec. 21 to receive the same angle of sunlight as we do in Chicago on June 21? — Dan Panozzo, Aurora Dear Dan, We posed your question to Dan Joyce, an astronomer at Triton College's...