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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: Does the North Pole get thunderstorms?

    Dear Tom, Can there be thunderstorms at the North Pole? — Terry Price, Asheville, N.C. Dear Terry, Thunderstorms are a genuinely rare phenomenon across the usually frigid far north of Alaska and Canada and northward from there across the...
  • Ask Tom: Does the 'January thaw' exist?

    Dear Tom, SLK The expected end-of-the-week warmup sounds a lot like the "January thaw." Do statistics support its existence? — Richard L. Ettlinger, Highland Park Dear Richard, They do. The "January thaw" is a weather singularity, an event...
  • Ask Tom: What is black ice?

    Dear Tom, What is black ice? — Trudy, Libertyville Dear Trudy, Black ice is just regular ice that forms on streets, sidewalks and driveways. It is nearly invisible because it takes on the color of the pavement, often black on an asphalt surface....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Finally, snow that will stick around, below-zero temps

    Finally, snow that will stick around, below-zero temps
    The next several days will show us just how spoiled we've gotten this winter. Snow or snow showers are in the forecast from Friday night through at least Tuesday, when an Alberta clipper will "dig across the upper Midwest and Great Lakes, bringing a...
  • There's snow in Christmas Eve forecast -- but it may not stick

    There's snow in Christmas Eve forecast -- but it may not stick
    The National Weather Service is calling for snow on Christmas Eve, although it isn't clear yet whether it will accumulate in Chicago. Ben Deubelbeiss, meteorologist at the weather service in Chicago, said snow accumulation in the area between Chicago...
  • 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...