Tom Skilling, WGN-TV’s chief meteorologist, is on a “Skilling Storm Chase” this week and viewers can come along for the ride every night during WGN News at Nine. Skilling will be travelling with a weather-savvy crew, including Jim Reed, a world-renowned still photographer and storm chaser. Reed has seen some epic storms in his 20 years of storm chasing, including Hurricane Katrina and 2004′s Hurricane Charley.
As the team moves across the United States, viewers can track their progress (and even watch the road for them) on a feature called the iMap Tracker. Skilling’s truck and van are set up with a small webcam, some GPS equipment, and a supercharged wireless connection to stream their whereabouts to anyone watching on our website. Follow along by going to www.chicagoweathercenter.com/severe/stormchase and clicking on Tom Skilling’s flashing car icon on the map. Track his progress for the entire week!
WGNtv.com will also have Tom’s thoughts and observations via the following blogs:
Tom Skilling’s posts: http://weblogs.wgntv.com/chicago-weather/tom-skilling-blog/tom-skilling/
Storm Chase posts: http://weblogs.wgntv.com/chicago-weather/tom-skilling-blog/storm-chase/
The “Skilling Storm Chase” also features stories about the revolutionary weather forecasting technology available today. On Monday, Tom focuses on ‘tornadoes and Storm Chasers.’ Tuesday is a focus on ‘the revolution in forecast accuracy.’ Wednesday brings a ‘history of radar,’ and Friday asks the question, “Are people taking advantage of more accurate forecasts?”