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WGN TV Chicago
The snowy Thanksgiving of 1975Dear Tom,Your recent list of white Thanksgivings reminded me of the big storm t
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 12 hours ago
Dear Tom,Your recent list of white Thanksgivings reminded me of the big storm that hit in 1975. It took me hours to get to work on Wednesday evening. Details?— Roger Murphy Dear Roger, The snowstorm that you remember occurred November 26-27, 1975.... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What is Chicago’s worst ice storm on record?Dear Tom,The worst ice storm, like none I have ever experienced in Chicago, hap
WGN TV Chicago / Posted yesterday
Dear Tom,The worst ice storm, like none I have ever experienced in Chicago, happened in the mid- to late 1960s. Do you remember it?— David Wechsler Dear David, We certainly do and Chicago weather historian Frank Wachowski was able to refresh our... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Why are the temperatures 20 to 30 degrees colder than surrounding areas in Bodie State Park, California?Dear Tom,I have been noticing that Bodie State Park in California frequently re
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 2 days ago
Dear Tom,I have been noticing that Bodie State Park in California frequently records the nation’s lowest daily temperature. Why are the temperatures there 20 to 30 degrees colder than surrounding areas? George R. Evert Jr. Prairie View Dear... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What is the earliest date of a sub-30-degree high in Chicago?Dear Tom,— Chuck Kennell Dear Chuck, Considering the fact that over the course
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 3 days ago
Dear Tom,— Chuck Kennell Dear Chuck, Considering the fact that over the course of a year, the city’s lowest average maximum is just 31 degrees occurring during most of January, a day with... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
The mild day after Thanksgiving 1965Dear Tom,I seem to remember the day after Thanksgiving in 1965 or 1966 being ve
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 4 days ago
Dear Tom,I seem to remember the day after Thanksgiving in 1965 or 1966 being very warm in downtown Chicago and going around without a jacket. I’m thinking it was near 80 degrees. When was it, and just how warm did it get?— Susan Short Dear... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What is the furthest into the alphabet hurricane names have gone in a year?Dear Tom, Margaret Thayer Brookfield Dear Margaret, Each year there is a li
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 5 days ago
Dear Tom, Margaret Thayer Brookfield Dear Margaret, Each year there is a list of 21 alternating male and female names available to assign to Atlantic basin tropical... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Chicago lies in the zone of prevailing westerlies, but what does that really mean?Dear Tom,The wind seems to be coming from the east more often than it used to,
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 6 days ago
Dear Tom,The wind seems to be coming from the east more often than it used to, so what is happening to prevailing westerlies? — Cher Stallman, Dwight, Ill. Dear Cher, Chicago lies in the zone of prevailing westerlies, but what that really means is... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Has Chicago’s heaviest snow of the season ever occurred in November or in April?Dear Tom,Tom Gregg, Niles Dear Tom, Yes, indeed it has, but only a few times i
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 7 days ago
Dear Tom,Tom Gregg, Niles Dear Tom, Yes, indeed it has, but only a few times in the 133-year period of Chicago snowfall records that date from the autumn of 1884 to the... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
How do the waves roll in off Lake Michigan on both shores (west and east shores)? Where do they switch directions?× Dear Tom,— Joe...
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WGN TV Chicago
Was October 26, 1985 a fairly nice day?Dear Tom,My late husband and I got married on Oct. 26, 1985, and as I remember
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 9 days ago
Dear Tom,My late husband and I got married on Oct. 26, 1985, and as I remember it was a fairly nice day. We didn’t have to wear coats or jackets for the late afternoon ceremony. Can you refresh my memory? Patricia Minkler Dear Patricia, Your... Read more
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Mashable
Can Amazon finally give us the 'Lord of the Rings' that Tolkien would have wanted?out a great deal of these interstitial details in favor of more traditional cin
Mashable / Posted 9 days ago
out a great deal of these interstitial details in favor of more traditional cinematic storytelling. The barrow wights and dear Tom Bombadill where left out, and and a much more elaborate love story between Aaragorn and Arwan was inserted. Not to... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What is the average date for Chicago’s first sticking snow of the season?Dear Tom,Can you shed light on the average date that Chicago has had its first
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 10 days ago
Dear Tom,Can you shed light on the average date that Chicago has had its first sticking snow of the season? It seems later in recent years, and is this due to climate change?— John Holden, Edgewater Dear John, Chicago’s snowfall records go back to... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What was the weather like here in Chicago when the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior storm on Nov. 10, 1975?× Dear Tom,The Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a Lake Superior storm on Nov. 10, 197
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 11 days ago
× Dear Tom,The Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a Lake Superior storm on Nov. 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29. What was the... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Has there ever a blizzard on Halloween in Chicago?Dear Tom, Matt Downing Dear Matt, There has not. Chicago weather historian
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 12 days ago
Dear Tom, Matt Downing Dear Matt, There has not. Chicago weather historian Frank Wachowski checked the archives for Halloween snow back to 1884 and found that it has only snowed seven times on the... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Ask Tom: How often does Chicago see largest snowfall in November?Dear Tom, How often does Chicago see its largest snowfall in November? When wa
Chicago Tribune / Posted 13 days ago
Dear Tom, How often does Chicago see its largest snowfall in November? When was the last time this occurred? Dear Lisle, It's rare, but it's happened twice since the city's snow climatology began in the winter of 1884-85. One occurrence was just... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
How often does Chicago see its largest snowfall in November? When was the last time this occurred?Dear Tom, Lisle Tenderfoot Marengo Dear Lisle, It’s rare, but it’s happened
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 13 days ago
Dear Tom, Lisle Tenderfoot Marengo Dear Lisle, It’s rare, but it’s happened twice since the city’s snow climatology began in the winter of 1884-85.... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What caused freak hailstorm in Argentina?Dear Tom,Argentina just had a record storm recently, dropping a phenomenal amou
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 14 days ago
Dear Tom,Argentina just had a record storm recently, dropping a phenomenal amount of hail within minutes. What caused this freak storm?— Carol Rosenzweig, Chicago Dear Carol, In late October severe thunderstorms dropped both large and massive... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
I always thought the moon had no atmosphere, but now I have heard that it does. Is this true?Dear Tom,— Ronald Pstadlas, Chicago Dear Ronald, It’s true that the moon is ai
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 15 days ago
Dear Tom,— Ronald Pstadlas, Chicago Dear Ronald, It’s true that the moon is airless at the present time. However, for a period of 70 million years after its... Read more
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FOX 6 Milwaukee
Dear Tom: Milwaukeeans who wrote Mayor Barrett about streetcar overwhelmingly oppose projectof the future streetcar stops in the Third Ward. He praised the mayor's vision
FOX 6 Milwaukee / Posted 16 days ago
of the future streetcar stops in the Third Ward. He praised the mayor's vision for the city in a 2016 email that began, "Dear Tom." Sell said bus riders had legitimate concerns about possible streetcar expansions affecting their bus routes. But... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
How does this growing season stack up to other seasons?Dear Tom, It has been a long growing season this year. How does it stack up to
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 16 days ago
Dear Tom, It has been a long growing season this year. How does it stack up to other seasons? Dear Lew, It sure has. Chicago’s 2017 growing season finally ended shortly after 6am Monday morning when the city’s official thermometer at O’Hare... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Why does the sky take on a metallic green appearance when tornadoes or severe thunderstorms are imminent?Dear Tom,— Charisse Aguilar, Wood Dale Dear Charisse, Various explanations ex
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 17 days ago
Dear Tom,— Charisse Aguilar, Wood Dale Dear Charisse, Various explanations exist for the greenish color that sometimes appears in... Read more
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Illawarra Mercury
His kindy teacher kept his work from 2004 and sent him this note on HSC evehaven't changed, I still like the jewellery and the gangster life." With Tom's
Illawarra Mercury / Posted 18 days ago
haven't changed, I still like the jewellery and the gangster life." With Tom's letter was also a note from Mrs White. "Dear Tom," she begins. "I wonder if your career choice has changed. I ... want to wish you all the best and hope you achieve... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Is it possible that during a rainstorm it can be foggy at the same time?Dear Tom,I am writing a novel and I want to get my facts straight. Is it possib
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 18 days ago
Dear Tom,I am writing a novel and I want to get my facts straight. Is it possible that during a rainstorm it can be foggy at the same time, or does the rain clear up the fog?— Lynn Weiss Dear Lynn, Fog usually accompanies rain in the central and... Read more
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
MONEY MANNERStheir estate has long since been distributed, and they probably wouldn't care a
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Posted 19 days ago
their estate has long since been distributed, and they probably wouldn't care about this anyway. Your thoughts? -- Tom M. DEAR TOM: Forget about your brother's legal obligation. When you borrow money from a relative, you have a moral obligation to... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Have the fall colors been disappointing this year?Dear Tom,Is it me, or have the fall colors been disappointing this year? Sharo
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 19 days ago
Dear Tom,Is it me, or have the fall colors been disappointing this year? Sharon Tamura, Dear Sharon, Autumn tree foliage in the Chicago area, usually spectacular when reaching its colorful peak toward the end of October, has been somewhat of a... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Do winter warm fronts behave differently than warm fronts in other seasons?Dear Tom, In winter, we hear of temperatures remaining steady or slowly rising.
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 20 days ago
Dear Tom, In winter, we hear of temperatures remaining steady or slowly rising. Angel Rivera Bloomington, Indiana Dear Angel, They often do. Winter warm fronts often... Read more
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heraldscotland
Number of Scots hospitalised for eating disorders soars - but is celebrity culture to blame?denial and secrecy and often also suffer from depression, obsessive compulsive
heraldscotland / Posted 21 days ago
denial and secrecy and often also suffer from depression, obsessive compulsive tendencies and occasionally psychotic symptoms and delusions. Some have speculated that increased exposure to images of celebrities’ bodies through social media is... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What became of the Cassini craft that was launched toward Saturn in 1997?Dear Tom, I have heard that it made it to Saturn, but what has happened to it?—
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 21 days ago
Dear Tom, I have heard that it made it to Saturn, but what has happened to it?— Tom Johnnes Dear Tom, The Cassini craft completed a massively successful mission to Saturn in... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
The “Weller Method” for detecting tornadoesDear Tom,During threatening weather in the 1960s, we were told to turn our TVs
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 22 days ago
Dear Tom,During threatening weather in the 1960s, we were told to turn our TVs to Channel 2 and adjust the contrast to a snowy screen. Was there really any science behind this?— Edie Northfield, Plainfield Dear Edie, You are referring to the “Weller... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Why do climatologists predict rising sea levels from melting polar ice caps since ice is less dense than water?Dear Tom, Jim Doty, Clayton, Missouri Dear Jim, The relative density of ice
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 23 days ago
Dear Tom, Jim Doty, Clayton, Missouri Dear Jim, The relative density of ice versus water has nothing to do with the predicted rise of... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Do weathermen still track heating and cooling degree days?Dear Tom,— Paul Geddes, Rockford Dear Paul, They sure do. Degree day units ass
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 24 days ago
Dear Tom,— Paul Geddes, Rockford Dear Paul, They sure do. Degree day units assess heating and cooling usage. They are easy to calculate, using a daily average temperature of 65 degrees, a... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
How likely are we to see measurable snow before Nov. 30?Dear Tom,For 42 years my wife and I have left for Florida in October, but this
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 25 days ago
Dear Tom,For 42 years my wife and I have left for Florida in October, but this year we aren’t leaving until Nov. 30. How likely are we to see measurable snow?— Gerry Deppe, Evanston Dear Gerry, The odds are fairly good that you will experience at... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
When a baseball is hit by a ball player, does the ball travel farther in hot weather or in cool weather?Dear Tom, Allen Dickerson Dear Allen, Actually, four factors affect the dist
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 26 days ago
Dear Tom, Allen Dickerson Dear Allen, Actually, four factors affect the distance a baseball will travel: wind, humidity, temperature and air... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What was the date of the earliest recorded snowfall in Chicago?Dear Tom, Matt Downing Dear Matt, Chicago’s 2017-18 snowfall season should
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 26 days ago
Dear Tom, Matt Downing Dear Matt, Chicago’s 2017-18 snowfall season should begin shortly as we approach the October 30 average date of the season’s first snowflakes. Since 1884, the... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Does a baseball fly farther in hot weather or cool weather?Dear Tom,When a baseball is hit by a ball player, does the ball travel farther
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 27 days ago
Dear Tom,When a baseball is hit by a ball player, does the ball travel farther in hot weather or in cool weather?Allen Dickerson Dear Allen, Actually, four factors affect the distance a baseball will travel: wind, humidity, temperature and air... Read more
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Billboard
Tom Paxton Turns 80: America's Greatest Troubadour Reflects on Decades of Love, Laughter & Outragefrom his travels, Seeger mailed Paxton a postcard decorated with one of his wel
Billboard / Posted 27 days ago
from his travels, Seeger mailed Paxton a postcard decorated with one of his well-known banjo doodles. He wrote simply: “Dear Tom, Oops! Pete.” Paxton was no political firebrand when he first came to New York (unlike, say, his friend and fellow... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Why do some tropical cyclones form off of Africa?Dear Tom,— Kirk Light Jr., Hanover Park Dear Kirk, Tropical cyclones that dev
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 28 days ago
Dear Tom,— Kirk Light Jr., Hanover Park Dear Kirk, Tropical cyclones that develop off the west coast of Africa are known as Cape Verde hurricanes. They develop from weather disturbances known as... Read more
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The Mercury News
She says my attendance at funeral would be insultingher opinion, it’s insulting to attend this person’s funeral because I did not h
The Mercury News / Posted 29 days ago
her opinion, it’s insulting to attend this person’s funeral because I did not have a personal connection with the victim. DEAR TOM: Check your girlfriend’s brain for loose hardware? Attending a funeral does not commit the deceased to your inner... Read more
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Detroit Free Press
Girlfriend takes offense at his desire to attend a funeralthat I would consider this, and I am torn between attending the memorial and of
Detroit Free Press / Posted 29 days ago
that I would consider this, and I am torn between attending the memorial and offending my girlfriend. What do I do? — Torn Dear Tom: Check your girlfriend’s brain for loose hardware? Attending a funeral does not commit the deceased to your inner... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
How often each year does the dew point reach at least 70 in Chicago?Dear Tom,My wife and I were in Florida in early October, and daily dew points w
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 29 days ago
Dear Tom,My wife and I were in Florida in early October, and daily dew points were between 70 and 80. Is that unusual? — Jim Boven, Elmhurst Dear Jim, Muggy dew points in the 70s... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
What is the Chicago area’s heaviest 24-hour rainfall total, both officially or unofficially?Dear Tom, Darren Maiman Glen Ellyn Dear Darren, The heaviest 24-hour rainf
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 30 days ago
Dear Tom, Darren Maiman Glen Ellyn Dear Darren, The heaviest 24-hour rainfall for the Chicago area occurred in Aurora on July 17-18, 1996 when waves of... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
How was Hurricane Ophelia, which hit Ireland, able to form that far north in the cool Atlantic?Dear Tom,— Monica Piszczek, Paw Paw, Ill. Dear Monica, Hurricane Ophelia’s for
WGN TV Chicago / Posted a month ago
Dear Tom,— Monica Piszczek, Paw Paw, Ill. Dear Monica, Hurricane Ophelia’s formation in the still-warm central Atlantic was not all that unusual. What was... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
I remember the huge rains and flooding of October 1954. Was that worse than our recent deluge?Dear Tom,— Bob Johnson, Buffalo Grove Dear Bob, The heavy rain and floods of O
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 1 months ago
Dear Tom,— Bob Johnson, Buffalo Grove Dear Bob, The heavy rain and floods of October 1954 were worse. This year, a two-month dry spell preceded the deluge,... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Barometric readings in weather reports are corrected for altitude . . .Dear Tom, Barometric readings in weather reports are corrected for altitude so
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 1 months ago
Dear Tom, Barometric readings in weather reports are corrected for altitude so that they show what the pressure would be at sea level, but the same does not happen with temperature. The temperature typically drops three degrees for every thousand... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Where did Chicago’s nickname “The Windy City” come from?Dear Tom,I have heard several explanations for Chicago’s nickname “The Windy Ci
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 1 months ago
Dear Tom,I have heard several explanations for Chicago’s nickname “The Windy City,” but they are all different. What is the real explanation?— Jimmy Coltier, Chicago Dear Jimmy, Chicago is, indeed, a rather windy city, but it certainly isn’t the... Read more

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