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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 ice ever fully cover Lake Michigan?

    Dear Tom, Does Lake Michigan ever freeze over? Our Lake Simcoe (in Canada) freezes, usually to a depth of 20 to 28 inches. — George Leggett, Barrie, Ontario Dear George, Environment Canada and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
  • Ask Tom: Why aren't normal daily temperatures reliable?

    Dear Tom, It seems as if Chicago's normal daily temperatures aren't reliable because the actual high temperature on a day rarely matches the day's normal high. Your thoughts? Alan Bennington Dear Alan, "Normal" temperatures are average temperatures...
  • Ask Tom: When will our 1st big snowstorm come?

    Dear Tom, When will we get our first big snowstorm? — Kevin Clauser (grade-schooler), Berwyn Dear Kevin, Chicago has already logged its first official snow of the season — just a few snowflakes in the air Oct. 4 — but you're...
  • Tom Skilling: Chill expected to ease

    Record cold on Saturday, and near-freezing temperatures across portions of the Chicago area Sunday morning, were the product of a deep, stationary storm system north of Lake Superior. Known to meteorologists as a "cut-off" low, typical west-to-east...
  • Ask Tom: Which decade was hottest for September?

    Dear Tom, Which decade set the record for the most 90-degree-plus days in September? My guess is the 1950s as I recall sitting and sweating in hot elementary school classrooms. — Jeff Kehoe, Oswego Dear Jeff, Your guess is correct. The 1950s...
  • Ask Tom: Why is humidity higher in morning?

    Dear Tom, Why is the humidity reading so much higher in the morning than later in the day? — Carey Morrisson, Valparaiso Dear Carey, Relative humidity is the ratio, expressed as a percentage, of the water vapor present in the atmosphere to the...
  • Ask Tom: What is the sunrise/sunset location in Chicago?

    Dear Tom, What is the location for the sunrise/sunset times published on the Chicago Tribune weather page? — E. Foertsch, Chicago Dear E. Sunrise and sunset times across a large metropolitan area can vary by several minutes depending on 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...
  • 'Pneumonia front' moving in, temps dropping 20 degrees

    'Pneumonia front' moving in, temps dropping 20 degrees
    A rare weather system known as a "pneumonia front" is moving down from the north, dropping temperatures by 20 degrees within minutes and spawning thunderstorms. As of 6 p.m., temperatures behind the front ranged from 56 in Milwaukee to 53 in Racine,...
  • 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...
  • Severe thunderstorms strike Chicago area

    Severe thunderstorms strike Chicago area
    A powerful thunderstorm system moved into the Chicago area Tuesday night, bringing damaging winds, golf-ball-sized hail and reports of flooding and lightning strikes. The super-cell thunderstorm system, a product of warm air from the Mississippi...