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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: 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...
  • Roy Leonard, beloved WGN Radio personality, is dead at 83

    Roy Leonard, beloved WGN Radio personality, is dead at 83
    Roy Leonard, a courtly, erudite New Englander who became one of Chicago radio's biggest and most durable stars, a celebrity interviewer of national stature, and a trusted and thus highly influential critic of Chicago-area arts and entertainment, died...
  • Cool streak a record-setter

    Cool streak a record-setter
    The chilly weather moved into record-setting territory this weekend, with Chicago experiencing one of the longest stretches of cool weather this early in the fall. According to the National Weather Service, Sept. 11, 12 and 13 were the earliest that the...
  • Record rainfall in Chicago puts damper on summer fun

    Record rainfall in Chicago puts damper on summer fun
    Chicago’s ninth wettest season on record has some Chicago businesses that rely on sunny skies and warm weather feeling like the summer’s been a bummer. From rec softball and volleyball leagues to lakefront Jet Ski rentals, businesses say the...
  • Walter A. Bohan, leader in meteorology, 1922-2014

     Walter A. Bohan, leader in meteorology, 1922-2014
    After a mistaken diagnosis of an eye problem grounded his plans to be a military pilot in World War II, meteorologist Walter A. Bohan found another way to immerse himself in Earth's atmosphere. "He chose meteorology to stay involved in the sky," said...
  • Stormy weather hits Chicagoland

    Stormy weather hits Chicagoland
    The first of what are expected to be several thunderstorms to hit Chicagoland today landed late Tuesday morning, pelting the suburbs on the city's southwest, west, northwest and north sides with hail and heavy rain to go with high winds and lightning....
  • Could be coldest start to May since 1940

    Could be coldest start to May since 1940
    Chicago’s snow banks have finally melted, its temperature readings are firmly above freezing and the grass is even turning green. But the end of this historically nasty winter hasn’t meant a return to balmy beach weather. When May begins...
  • How realistic is the 2015 of 'Back to the Future Part II'?

    How realistic is the 2015 of 'Back to the Future Part II'?
    The future — at least Chicago-born director Robert Zemeckis' idea of the future, as envisioned in 1989 — arrives, in our present space-time continuum, in 553 Earth days. That date, Oct. 21, 2015, is when "Back to the Future Part II" is set,...
  • Snow is in tonight's forecast

    Snow is in tonight's forecast
    The springlike weather Friday will revert to something more like January today and Sunday, with temperatures expected to drop into the teens and with some snow on the horizon. The snow isn't expected to be much, with the National Weather Service...
  • Decision day for Illinois primary election voters

    Decision day for Illinois primary election voters
    Illinois primary election day dawned Tuesday with voters getting to shape the Republican and Democratic fall tickets for contests ranging from governor and U.S. Senate down to the state legislature and county board. Polls opened across the state at 6 a....
  • Snow falls again in Chicago, more on the way: 'It's not over yet'

    Snow falls again in Chicago, more on the way: 'It's not over yet'
    The lake-effect snow that fell this morning will not be the last Chicagoans will see this week. Another inch or two is expected during a storm system on track to arrive Monday afternoon or evening, said David Beachler, a meteorologist with the...