Tom Skilling

Thomas Ethelbert Skilling III is an American television meteorologist popularly known as Tom Skilling. He has been active in his career since 1966. He has been holding the position of chief meteorologist at WGN-TV since 1978, located in Chicago. Before working here, she had worked with other channels like WLXT-TV, WKKD, and several others.

Well, how well do you know about Tom Skilling? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Tom Skilling’s net worth in 2021, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Tom Skilling to date.

Biography and Early Life

Tom Skilling was born on 20 February 1952 in Aurora, Illinois, in the United States. He is the son of Thomas and Becky. His dad worked as a sales manager at Valve Company. He was brought up together with three siblings; Jeffrey, Mark, and Sue Skilling. His brother, Jeffrey, is the former chief operating officer of Enron Corporation. There is not information that is available concerning his childhood.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Tom Skilling in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Tom Skilling’s age is 69 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 20 February 1952. Though, he is 5′ 7″ in feet and inches and 170 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 154 lbs in Pound and 70 kg in Kilograms.


Skilling received his education from West Aurora High School. He started his career while here at the age of 14 by working for WKKD and also WKD-FM. He observed that the weather forecast for WKKD was inaccurate because it was not for Aurora but Chicago. He predicted the accurate forecast for several days and asked to be hired to host a program at the channel three times a day. He began working at WLXT-TV when he was 18 years

He went ahead to study meteorology and journalism at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He worked at WKOW-TV and WTSO radio while in university. He became the lead forecaster at WITI-TV in Milwaukee in 1975. He did his forecast with the help of WITI’s resident sock puppet mascot and Albert the Alley Cat.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Skilling is currently unmarried and has never been in any relationship in his entire life. If he has been in any relationship, he has avoided speaking about it in public. There has not been any kind of rumors of having a girlfriend in his entire life. He only focuses on his work and reveals very little about his personal life.

Is Tom Skilling Gay?

No. Tom has a straightforward sexual orientation. He has, however, had constant rumors of being gay. He has not disclosed any information concerning the news; thus, we cannot conclude he is gay. Currently, he is single.

Professional Career

Skilling began his career at a very young age when he started forecasting for WKKD and WKKD-FM when he was still in high school. He continued to while he was in university for WKOW-TV and WTSO radio. After graduating, he returned to Chicago and started working on WGN-TV on 13 August 1978, where he later became the chief meteorologist for the station and still is.

Regularly, there have been rumors that he is the highest-paid meteorologist broadcast in the United States. Other than broadcasting, he also writes the daily weather column for Chicago Tribune. He used the current technology with computer imagery when broadcasting weather and also various animation techniques.

He has always been praised for his detailed and accurate reports. He correctly predicted the Groundhog Day blizzard in 2011. After this, his colleague, Bob Collins, requested him to take part in the movie “The Weather Man,” aired on WGN-TV. His contract to broadcast for WGN-TV will go until 2022.

He has also done some narrations for documentaries like “It Sounded Like a Fright” and also “When Lightning Strikes” about the science and dangers of tornadoes.


Skilling has received several awards and honors from his career. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in 1995 from Lewis University. Asteroid 91888 Tomskilling, which was discovered by Catalina Sky Survey, was named after him in 1988. He has also achieved a lot from his career as a meteorologist.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Tom Skilling in 2021

Skilling has earned a huge amount of money being a veteran meteorologist. Rumors have been there that he is one of the highest-paid broadcast meteorologists in the United States. As of 2021, He has an estimated net worth of $15 million. He has earned his wealth entirely from his career as a meteorologist.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • He is very active in social media and has a lot of followers on Facebook and Twitter.
  • He happens to be a member of the American Meteorologist Society and also the National Weather Association.
  • Skilling went under gastric bypass surgery to help him lose some weight.

Skilling is by far one of the greatest meteorologists in the United States. He started his journey as a meteorologist from a young age and even went ahead to study meteorology at university. He has received a lot of honor in this field and also narrated various documentaries about science and weather in general. He is indeed the greatest meteorologist of all time.


Facts of Thomas Ethelbert Skilling III

  • Gender Male
  • full nameThomas Ethelbert Skilling III
  • birthplaceAurora, Illinois
  • Date of Birth February 20, 1952
  • Age 71 years 3 months
  • Horoscope Pisces
  • Lucky Number 3
  • Lucky Stone Aquamarine
  • Lucky Color Sea Green
  • Best Match for Marriage Cancer, Scorpio
  • nationalityAmerican
  • religionUnknown
  • net worth$15 million
  • professionMeteorologist
  • weightIn Kilograms – 70 Kg, In Pounds – 154 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 170 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 7″
  • hair colorDark brown
  • eye colorBrown
  • high schoolWest Aurora High School

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