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WGN TV Chicago
On mild days 68 degrees indoors feels comfortable, but on zero degree days, 68 degrees feels chilly?Dear Tom, When we have mild winter days, say around 60 degrees, and I keep my h
WGN TV Chicago / Posted yesterday
Dear Tom, When we have mild winter days, say around 60 degrees, and I keep my house thermostat set at 68, I am comfortable inside. But when the outdoor temperature is around zero degrees and I keep the thermostat at 68, I have to bundle up like an... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Earth’s north and south magnetic poles are due to shift soon?Dear Tom,I’ve heard that the Earth’s north and south magnetic poles are due to
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 2 days ago
Dear Tom,I’ve heard that the Earth’s north and south magnetic poles are due to shift soon (geologically speaking, “soon” could be years, centuries or much longer), probably reversing. What changes will happen with the weather when the poles switch?—... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Why is it warmer near the lake than it is inland?Dear Tom, Karina Monarrez, Dear Karina, There are two reasons for higher t
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 3 days ago
Dear Tom, Karina Monarrez, Dear Karina, There are two reasons for higher temperatures at the lakefront during the winter. The first is the “heat island effect.” An urban area has higher average... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What determines the total snowfall for a storm?Dear Tom,We recently had multiple waves of snow in Chicago. — David A. Chicago
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 4 days ago
Dear Tom,We recently had multiple waves of snow in Chicago. — David A. Chicago Dear David, A great question after a period of rapid-fire snow events. There is often a debate on whether multiple-day or,... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
The earth’s annual temperature: How does 2017 rank?Dear Tom,A few of the years since 2000 have ranked among the Earth’s warmest si
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 5 days ago
Dear Tom,A few of the years since 2000 have ranked among the Earth’s warmest since accurate records began. Where does 2017 rank?— Mildred Pico Dear Mildred, Federal climate experts (in reports prepared independently by the National Oceanic and... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Is it possible for the city of Chicago not to get any measurable snow during an entire season?Dear Tom, Amadeus Kaszuba Dear Amadeus, While nothing is impossible, a snow
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 6 days ago
Dear Tom, Amadeus Kaszuba Dear Amadeus, While nothing is impossible, a snowless Chicago cold season would be an incredibly rare event. In the city’s 134... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
How did weathermen forecast snow totals before computer modeling?Dear Tom,— Kelli A. Pawlik Dear Kelli, Today, meteorologists are armed with a
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 7 days ago
Dear Tom,— Kelli A. Pawlik Dear Kelli, Today, meteorologists are armed with a plethora of storm fields and snowfall estimates from a vast array of computer models, along with satellite... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Lower temperatures in Aurora, Illinois than nearbyDear Tom, What’s the deal with Aurora? Their temperatures are always lower tha
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 8 days ago
Dear Tom, What’s the deal with Aurora? Their temperatures are always lower than surrounding locations and most of the area in generally. — Denis, Schaumburg Dear Denis, This is a frequent question from readers. Aurora’s very low overnight... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What is the record snowfall for the month of February?Dear Tom,We have had a lot of snow so far this February. What’s the record snow
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 9 days ago
Dear Tom,We have had a lot of snow so far this February. What’s the record snowfall for the month of February?— Chuck Kennell Dear Chuck, The city’s current normal February snowfall stands at 9.1 inches, ranking as Chicago’s second snowiest month... Read more
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Adelaide Now
Clubs playing it safe with AFLXNAT Fyfe, Robbie Gray and Tom Hawkins headline the first AFLX squads named. Bu
Adelaide Now / Posted 11 days ago
NAT Fyfe, Robbie Gray and Tom Hawkins headline the first AFLX squads named. But some clubs are playing it safe with their biggest names, instead going for youth in the seven-a-side exhibition matches. Geelong won’t risk any of their superstar trio... Read more
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Herald Sun
Stars to step out for AFLXOtten Kyle Cheney Cam Ellis-Yolmen Patrick Wilson Elliott Himmelberg Matth
Herald Sun / Posted 11 days ago
Otten Kyle Cheney Cam Ellis-Yolmen Patrick Wilson Elliott Himmelberg Matthew Signorello Paul Hunter Harry Dear Tom Doedee Ben Davis Alex Keath Reilly O’Brien Lachie Murphy Ben Jarman Jarryd Blair James Aish Tom... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Can fog form in temperatures below 32 degrees?Dear Tom, Water freezes at 32 degrees, so how is it possible to have fog (so-ca
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 11 days ago
Dear Tom, Water freezes at 32 degrees, so how is it possible to have fog (so-called “freezing fog”) below 32 degrees? Since the temperature is below 32 degrees, shouldn’t the fog droplets turn into snow flakes instead of remaining liquid until they... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Adapting to a different climateDear Tom,At the beginning of winter, 26 degrees seems bitter cold, but after da
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 12 days ago
Dear Tom,At the beginning of winter, 26 degrees seems bitter cold, but after days and days of temperatures below freezing, 26 seems bracing. Does this phenomenon have a name (and if not, please consider mine).— Maja Ramirez, Avondale Dear Maja, The... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
How many days in a year are Chicago’s temperatures at or above 70 degrees?Dear Tom, We were recently at the Chicago Botanical Gardens enjoying a 10,000 s
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 13 days ago
Dear Tom, We were recently at the Chicago Botanical Gardens enjoying a 10,000 step fitness walk, bundled up against the sub-freezing temperatures when this came to my mind: ... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Is it possible to have a heat index in winter and subsequently a wind chill in summer?Dear Tom, Thanks, Luke Abernethy Dear Luke, It is possible, but it would t
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 14 days ago
Dear Tom, Thanks, Luke Abernethy Dear Luke, It is possible, but it would take unseasonable conditions for it to occur here. The National Weather Service... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What the city’s record is for most consecutive days with a measurable snowfall?Dear Tom,We are currently in a streak where it seems to be snowing every day. J
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 15 days ago
Dear Tom,We are currently in a streak where it seems to be snowing every day. Jim Klipper Highland, Indiana Dear Jim, The city is in the midst of a snowy period which... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
How does snow affect mud?Dear Tom,I was wondering if you could tell me why, after snow melts, the mud ha
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 16 days ago
Dear Tom,I was wondering if you could tell me why, after snow melts, the mud has a “slimy” context. However, after it rains, it’s more of a packed together, “clumped” mud.— Jenn Stemmet Dear Jenn, The variable consistency and appearance of mud has... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Have we ever had a month with no sunshine?Dear Tom, Thanks, Don Greifenkamp Dear Don, Late fall and early winter is a
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 17 days ago
Dear Tom, Thanks, Don Greifenkamp Dear Don, Late fall and early winter is an especially dreary time in Chicago when extensive and persistent cloudiness combined with short daylight seem to provide endless... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Computing the “normal” temperaturesDear Tom,It seems to me that previously the normal high for the middle of Janua
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 18 days ago
Dear Tom,It seems to me that previously the normal high for the middle of January was 29 and the low 15 degrees. Now it’s 31 and 16. When was there a change? What is the city’s average number of days with highs below 32 and subzero lows.— George... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
We will have two full moons in both January and in March this year. When was the last time this occurred?Dear Tom,— Dan Bednarek, Norwood Park, Mike Gayda, Wilmette, Glenn Bailey, Orla
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 19 days ago
Dear Tom,— Dan Bednarek, Norwood Park, Mike Gayda, Wilmette, Glenn Bailey, Orland Park Dear Dan, Mike and Glenn, What do you call a month... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Is the term “cyclone” only used for storms in the Pacific or in Asia?Dear Tom,You recently referred to the January 25-27, 1978 blizzard as a cyclone
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 20 days ago
Dear Tom,You recently referred to the January 25-27, 1978 blizzard as a cyclone. Isn’t that term only used for storms in the Pacific or Asia? Thanks, Bob Evans Dear Bob, A cyclone is defined any low-pressure system. In popular United States usage,... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
If the temperature is above freezing but the wind chill is below freezing, will water freeze?Dear Tom,If the temperature is above freezing, say 39 degrees, but the wind chi
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 21 days ago
Dear Tom,If the temperature is above freezing, say 39 degrees, but the wind chill is below freezing, will water freeze?— Adele Aronson, Glenview Dear Adele, It will not. Wind chill is a perceived air temperature, not a physical quantity. An object... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What is geoengineering?Dear Tom,Could you explain geoengineering?Miriam Bauers, Champaign, Ill. Dear
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 22 days ago
Dear Tom,Could you explain geoengineering?Miriam Bauers, Champaign, Ill. Dear Miriam, Climate engineering, also referred to as “geoengineering,” is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climate system in order to reduce the... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
When was the last time we had a day with at least 4 inches of snow? What has been our largest calendar day snowfall?× Dear Tom,It’s seems like ages since we’ve had a substantial snowfall. When w
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 23 days ago
× Dear Tom,It’s seems like ages since we’ve had a substantial snowfall. When was the last time we had a day with at least 4 inches of... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
How often does Chicago receive six or more consecutive sunny days?Dear Tom,I always look forward to sunny days and I really appreciate seeing six
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 24 days ago
Dear Tom,I always look forward to sunny days and I really appreciate seeing six suns in the forecast strip. Sunny Jon Franzon Dear Sunny Jon, Forecasting six totally sunny days is... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Temperatures after the 1967 blizzardDear Tom,After the 1967 blizzard, Chicago temperatures held pretty much in the
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 25 days ago
Dear Tom,After the 1967 blizzard, Chicago temperatures held pretty much in the 20s and 30s. Was it rare for the temperature not to fall below zero after such a big snowfall?—David, Chicago Dear David, You are correct that no subzero weather followed... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What’s the lowest temperature at which a tornado has formed?Dear Tom,— Jakob Kilmer Dear Jakob, The vast majority of tornadoes occur with
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 26 days ago
Dear Tom,— Jakob Kilmer Dear Jakob, The vast majority of tornadoes occur with temperatures and dew points in at least the 50s, but there are always exceptions. Dr. Harold Brooks of the... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
How is snow cover measured and what is the record snow cover for the nation?Dear Tom, Earlier this month snow cover over the U.S. was somewhere around 52%.
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 27 days ago
Dear Tom, Earlier this month snow cover over the U.S. was somewhere around 52%. Thanks, Dear Bud, We checked the daily national snow cover percentages for the lower 48... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
How often does the U.S. have snow on the ground in all 50 states?Dear Tom,We just had snow on the ground in all 50 states. How often does this h
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 28 days ago
Dear Tom,We just had snow on the ground in all 50 states. How often does this happen?— Margaret Scheidel, Westmont Dear Margaret, It doesn’t happen often, and it takes an expansive outbreak of arctic air and a southern-track snowstorm that reaches... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
hear a great deal about the costs of pollution (in dollars and deaths) in this country, but what are the statistics elsewhere?a great deal about the costs of pollution (in dollars and deaths) in this count
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 29 days ago
a great deal about the costs of pollution (in dollars and deaths) in this country, but what are the statistics elsewhere? Dear Tom,I hear a great deal about the costs of pollution (in dollars and deaths) in this country, but what are the... Read more
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New York Daily News
Tom Izzo must be better as the face of Michigan Stategoing anywhere. And now, Larry, it's your turn to listen to me." But it was Ra
New York Daily News / Posted 30 days ago
going anywhere. And now, Larry, it's your turn to listen to me." But it was Raisman's mother, Lynn, who called out Izzo. "Dear Tom Izzo," Lynn Raisman wrote. "I'm sorry it's been a difficult week for you. Did you hear, Larry Nassar also said it... Read more
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The Morning Call
Aly Raisman's mom rips into Michigan State coach Tom Izzo: 'Are you a moron?'100 women, including Raisman, have said he sexually abused them. Lynn Raisman
The Morning Call / Posted 1 months ago
100 women, including Raisman, have said he sexually abused them. Lynn Raisman wrote Saturday on her social media account, “Dear Tom Izzo, I’m sorry it’s been a difficult week for you. Did you hear, Larry Nassar also said it was difficult. Since you... Read more
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TribLIVE
Aly Raisman’s mom rips into Michigan State coach Tom Izzo: ‘Are you a moron?’100 women, including Raisman, have said he sexually abused them. Lynn Raisman
TribLIVE / Posted 1 months ago
100 women, including Raisman, have said he sexually abused them. Lynn Raisman wrote Saturday on her social media account, "Dear Tom Izzo, I'm sorry it's been a difficult week for you. Did you hear, Larry Nassar also said it was difficult. Since you... Read more
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Boston Herald
Aly Raisman’s mom rips into Michigan State coach Tom Izzo: ‘Are you a moron?’100 women, including Raisman, have said he sexually abused them. Lynn Raisman
Boston Herald / Posted 1 months ago
100 women, including Raisman, have said he sexually abused them. Lynn Raisman wrote Saturday on her social media account, “Dear Tom Izzo, I’m sorry it’s been a difficult week for you. Did you hear, Larry Nassar also said it was difficult. Since you... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Aly Raisman's mom rips into Michigan State coach Tom Izzo: 'Are you a moron?'100 women, including Raisman, have said he sexually abused them. Lynn Raisman
Chicago Tribune / Posted 1 months ago
100 women, including Raisman, have said he sexually abused them. Lynn Raisman wrote Saturday on her social media account, “Dear Tom Izzo, I’m sorry it’s been a difficult week for you. Did you hear, Larry Nassar also said it was difficult. Since you... Read more
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