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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: Which Chicago Christmas was the coldest? The warmest?

    Dear Tom, When did Chicago experience its coldest and warmest Christmases? — Stephen Verhaeren, Palos Park Dear Stephen, As unusual as it seems, Chicago's coldest and warmest Christmases came back to back in 1982 and 1983. Christmas 1982 was...
  • Ask Tom: How many times has 10 inches of snow or more fallen in one day?

    Dear Tom, Recently you talked about the climatology of Chicago's daily 6-inch-plus snowfalls. How many days has the city received 10 inches or more of snow in a single day? — Brian Dunne, Westmont Dear Brian, While Chicago has logged more than...
  • Ask Tom: What is used to measure sunshine duration?

    Dear Tom, Sometimes you mention that Chicago has had a 100 percent sunny day, and you give the number of hours and minutes. The National Weather Service does not provide that information. Where do you get it? — Steve Klein, Bolingbrook Dear...
  • Ask Tom: What is dew point?

    Dear Tom, What is "dew point"? — Ray Cook, Wheaton Dear Ray, It's a question we hear frequently. Here's the definition: The dew point is the temperature to which air must be cooled in order for saturation to occur. And here are some related...
  • 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,...
  • Hurricanes with women's names significantly more deadly: study

    Hurricanes with women's names significantly more deadly: study
    Bertha, Dolly, Fay and Hanna could be on the way now that the Atlantic hurricane season started Sunday. And recent research suggests it’s time to give the storms with feminine names a bit more respect. According to a recent study by University...
  • 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...
  • Ask Tom: What's record for time dealing with below-freezing weather?

    Dear Tom, What is Chicago's record for consecutive hours below freezing in November? — Chuck Kennell Dear Chuck, A check of the city's climate records by Chicago climatologist Frank Wachowski revealed that during a late November cold snap in...
  • 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,...