Tom Skilling, who has outlined the gold normal of being a TV meteorologist and has been forecasting the climate on WGN-TV for the previous 45 years, introduced on WGN Night Information that he’ll retire on Feb. 28, 2024.
“In the event you had instructed younger Tom Skilling that he would go on to have a profession in climate spanning seven many years, working in Chicago, with some actually fantastic individuals, I believe he can be overjoyed,” says Skilling. And that’s how I really feel at present. Overjoyed on the colleagues I’ve labored with, the viewers I’ve met, the tales I’ve coated. Overjoyed and grateful. I wouldn’t commerce a single minute of it for something.”
Skilling began his profitable profession on the unheard-of age of 14 at WKKD in Aurora, whereas nonetheless in highschool. He had a collection of radio and TV jobs in Illinois and Wisconsin earlier than coming to WGN-TV in August of 1978.
“There was a time when climate forecasting was seen as a not-serious occupation,” says WGN-TV Information Director Dominick Stasi. “However Tom has taken it to a a lot increased degree. He fastidiously explains advanced meteorological ideas in layman’s phrases, assist by graphics typically that includes isobars and upper-airs charts. No one was doing that when he began. Backside line, he has at all times handled the viewers with respect.”
Along with his climate forecasts on WGN Information, Skilling hosted almost 40 years of extreme climate seminars at Fermilab, typically welcoming in a “who’s who” of extreme climate specialists from all over the world. He has additionally reported firsthand on the climate from locales as different as Alaska, Las Vegas, an ice-breaking ship within the center of Lake Huron, and, most famously, was as soon as chased by a twister in Oklahoma.
“Tom Skilling is a Chicago establishment. There isn’t one other meteorologist in historical past of town, or the nation for that matter, who has been extra impactful doing what he does,” says Paul Rennie, WGN-TV vp and normal supervisor. “His enthusiasm for the climate, backed by the consistently evolving expertise, is just unmatched. And above all else, he cares about individuals, from our viewers to his colleagues, he actually cares concerning the well-being of others. I’m not alone in saying we’ll actually miss him.”
Skilling is a a number of Emmy Award-winner from the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the Nationwide Academy of Tv Arts & Sciences and funds a scholarship to help a neighborhood school pupil annually. He was introduced with the Illinois Broadcasters Affiliation “Broadcast Pioneer” award in 2018. Lately, he has dived headfirst into the science of local weather change, main talks and taking part in conferences throughout Chicago and america.