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Dear Tom, I know you've addressed this before, but I still get confused. When does a weather day change? Why does Saturday's forecast low occur... [Read More]
Dear Tom, What is the difference between "partly cloudy" and "partly sunny" in weather forecasts? Stacey, Sugar Grove Dear Stacey, Your question comes up occasionally,... [Read More]
Dear Tom, In the summer, why are puffy clouds that build upward (sometimes to 40,000 feet) flat on the bottom? Tom Clark, Chicago Dear Tom,... [Read More]
Tags: clouds - summer - why
Dear Tom, We've had a lot of precipitation this year. Are there any records so far? — Andy Fowler, Woodstock Dear Andy, No records, but... [Read More]
Dear Tom, Does the water equivalent of snow count as part of our annual rainfall total, so that abundant snowfall could make up for a... [Read More]
Dear Tom, Is there ever a time of the year when there is a zero chance of a tornado touching down in the United States?... [Read More]
Dear Tom According to my count we've had a ton of 80-degree plus days this year. Are we in record territory? — Pat Byrne, Hoffman... [Read More]
Tags: Chicago - record - days
Dear Tom, There is so much water on our planet. It's like, "Water, water, everywhere." Where did all of that water come from? — Ron... [Read More]
Dear Tom, In a recent column you stated that Florida is the warmest state in the nation. Arizona continuously has triple-digit temperatures in the summer... [Read More]
Dear Tom, The Peshtigo fire of 1871 was overshadowed by the Chicago fire that took place at the same time, but wasn't the Peshtigo fire... [Read More]
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Dear Tom, What is the difference between isolated showers and scattered showers? — Bob Ciulla, Des Plaines Dear Bob, Meteorologists use the words "scattered" and... [Read More]
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Dear Tom, When a hurricane picks up water from the ocean and drops it on land, is the rain salty? Marilyn Meiner, Morton, Ill. Dear... [Read More]
Dear Tom, There is so much water on our planet. It's like, "Water, water, everywhere." Where did all of that water come from? Ron Warten... [Read More]
Tags: water - Earth - planet
Dear Tom, I have always seen rainfall amounts measured to hundredths of an inch, most recently with Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina.... [Read More]
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