Listen: Tom Skilling, Chicago, Chief Meteorologist discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Let's talk right about that cold weather and joining us from Chicago is Tom skilling chief meteorologist at WGN TV where he's been forecasting the weather for the past forty years. Tom welcome to the program. Magna a pleasure to be with you. And it is cold up here. This morning magnet Twenty-three below is our current temperature and we have a wind chill of fifty one below. And you don't make good to put this in some sort of historical perspective there we have fifty four thousand and twenty temperatures on record here going back to eighteen seventy. And this is only the seventeenth time of all those temperatures that we've had to read. Twenty below zero. It will also be only the third time that we've had back to back nighttime lows of twenty below or colder 'cause we're expecting another subzero reading tonight. We broke a old record this morning will break a record for the coldest high temperature today, we're expecting only fourteen degrees below zero as a daytime high today, and then twenty six below tonight. It's it's unimaginable. I I'm looking out on Lake Michigan, which looks like a boiling cauldron is this Arctic air hits the open water scheme as rotating up buildings or creaking and popping. We're getting sun dogs these suspended ice crystals in the Arctic here produce halos around the sun. So there are optical affects with this as well. Oh my goodness. I mean, it sounds. I mean, it sounds like a cold Pakalitha. Honestly, Tom, the how long is Helen's this is expected to last. Well, you know what? Interesting. This is come on quickly. It will end quickly in fact by this weekend. We're expecting a sixty nine degree temperature increase between tomorrow's twenty six below and the forty three that we expect that's forty-three above with rain if you can believe on Sunday. So we're going to merge from this quite dramatically allow I mean, so that might be great for people. And of course, we are concerned about people's wellbeing across the midwest. But I can't imagine that that giant those giant temperature. Swings are good for infrastructure. I mean, how is the city of Chicago ready or dealing with the effects of the cold or on the city and the giant temperatures when you're talking about. That's all this on the way.."