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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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  • 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: 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...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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 was city's greatest temperature deviation from normal?

    Dear Tom, What was the city's greatest temperature deviation from normal on any day in its history? — Allen Moody, Island Lake Dear Allen, The date was Christmas Eve in 1983, the coldest day in Chicago's history based on the average temperature....