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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: What are williwaws?

    Dear Tom, My father commanded a ship during World War II that was based in Attu, an island in the Aleutian chain. He told stories of incredibly high seas caused by the "williwaw." Are there details on those storms? — Lucy (Alden) DeLap, Dundee...
  • Ask Tom: Has city had a white Thanksgiving without a white Christmas?

    Dear Tom, Has Chicago ever had a white Thanksgiving but not a white Christmas? — Chuck Kennell and Doug Memler, Naperville Dear Chuck and Doug, According to Chicago's snowfall records, which date to winter 1884-85, during the previous 130...
  • Ask Tom: Will winter be mild or pack a wallop?

    Dear Tom, What kind of a winter are we going to have? — Lisa Collins Dear Lisa, The environment sometimes provides reliable clues about the nature of the upcoming winter, but now we're receiving mixed signals. Consider these factors: A strong El...
  • 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,...
  • Ask Tom: Where to go to match sun angle on summer solstice?

    Dear Tom, How far south would I have to take a vacation on Dec. 21 to receive the same angle of sunlight as we do in Chicago on June 21? — Dan Panozzo, Aurora Dear Dan, We posed your question to Dan Joyce, an astronomer at Triton College's...
  • Cold comfort: Chicago will miss the big snow but not the big chill

    Cold comfort: Chicago will miss the big snow but not the big chill
    Looks like the Chicago area will miss the first major snowstorm of the season by a couple hundred miles, but the cold will settle in for a good long stay. After a breezy Monday with highs in the 60s in some places, the week will get cold with lows in the...
  • Ask Tom: Does Punxsutawney Phil know what he's doing?

    Dear Tom, Please settle a dispute. I maintain that Punxsutawney Phil, the famed prognosticating groundhog, doesn't know what he's doing, but my opponent in this discussion claims the opposite. — George Hunter, Chicago Dear George, In American...
  • Autumn to winter in a day: From near 60 to the 20s

    Autumn to winter in a day: From near 60 to the 20s
    It was near 60 in some places in the Chicago area as the day broke Tuesday. And that may be the last time we see that mark in a long time. Temperatures already started dropping by 7 a.m. and were expected to hit the 20s at nightfall. The highs this...
  • Ask Tom: Does extreme weather ever catch us by total surprise?

    Dear Tom, Has there ever been extreme weather — heat, cold, rain or snow that was not predicted — that's been a complete surprise? — Elaine Phillips Dear Elaine, Weather forecasting accuracy has increased by leaps and bounds in the...
  • 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...