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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: When will the first 70-, 80-degree days come?

    Dear Tom, In how many days might we expect our first day with temperatures in the 70s and 80s? — J. Hlava, Chicago Dear J., To some extent, it depends on your proximity to Lake Michigan. Chicago always experiences its first 70- and 80-degree...
  • Is there a quick-and-dirty way to calculate the wind chill temperature?

    Dear Tom, Is there a quick-and-dirty way to calculate the wind chill temperature? Louis Mosbauer Dear Louis, There is: Multiply the wind speed by 1.5 and subtract it from the actual air temperature. For example, if the air temperature is 20 degrees...
  • Milder weather for the weekend, maybe rain

    Milder weather for the weekend, maybe rain
    Milder temperatures are in the weekend forecast for the Chicago area. The weather is expected to be in the upper 20s and mid 30s and mostly dry over the next couple of days until Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to drop to the teens,...
  • Ask Tom: How big can snowflakes get?

    Dear Tom, How large can snowflakes become? — Steven Ippoliou Dear Steven, Most snowflakes are less than one-half inch in diameter, but snowflakes that consist of a large number of individual snow crystals can, on rare occasions, be huge. Certain...
  • 'Ice volcanoes' are a frozen Chicago beach phenomenon

    'Ice volcanoes' are a frozen Chicago beach phenomenon
    Leave it to the Chicago winter to make "ice volcano" part of our seasonal vernacular.  A video of a cone of ice on a Chicago beach made its way to the top of Chicago's subreddit Thursday, showing water splashing out of the top similar to a real, much...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...