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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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  • Snow ends, record subzero temps expected

    Snow ends, record subzero temps expected
    Few problems were reported during the morning rush Tuesday after 2 to 3 inches of snow fell across the Chicago area overnight. The next challenge: Possibly record-setting subzero cold before we get a break this weekend. The biggest headache occurred...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Autumn to winter in a day: From near 60 to the 20s

    Autumn to winter in a day: From near 60 to the 20s
    It was near 60 in some places in the Chicago area as the day broke Tuesday. And that may be the last time we see that mark in a long time. Temperatures already started dropping by 7 a.m. and were expected to hit the 20s at nightfall. The highs this...
  • 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...
  • 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...