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Tom Skilling's weather quiz

If anyone knows what's going on with our weather, it's Tom Skilling, WGN-TV's chief meteorologist since 1978 and director of the Chicago Tribune's weather page. Skilling came up with 10 questions for the geography/weather buffs out there.

Quiz tools

  • 1. Rain and/or snow fall measurably (0.01 inch or more water equivalent) in Chicago how many days a year on average?

    • A. 85

    • B. 115

    • C. 127

    • D. 162

  • 2. Which season hosts Chicago's most days with measurable precipitation (0.01 inch or more water equivalent)?

    • A. Winter

    • B. Spring

    • C. Summer

    • D. Autumn

  • 3. What's the earliest and latest it's snowed in Chicago in the 136 years for which there are official records?

    • A. Sept. 5/April 28

    • B. Sept. 25/June 2

    • C. Oct. 5/May 20

    • D. Oct. 15/May 22

  • 4. What's been the average date of Chicago's first flakes of snow since records of snowfall began in 1885?

    • A. Sept. 29

    • B. Oct. 10

    • C. Oct. 30

    • D. Nov. 18

  • 5. On average each year, how many days host a measurable snowfall (0.01 inch or more) in Chicago?

    • A. 15

    • B. 25

    • C. 30

    • D. 45

  • 6. What's the greatest number of confirmed tornadoes that have occurred across the U.S. in a single year since (and including) 2004?

    • A. 1,240

    • B. 1,516

    • C. 1,819

    • D. 2,025

  • 7. In how many years since 1945 has the U.S. escaped a hurricane landfall?

    • A. 5

    • B. 12

    • C. 20

    • D. 28

  • 8. Over which two months do Chicago's daily temperatures typically decline the most?

    • A. September/October

    • B. October/November

    • C. November/December

    • D. December/January

  • 9. How many days has an inch or more of snow covered the ground on average each snow season since 1928 at Midway Airport?

    • A. 20

    • B. 43

    • C. 54

    • D. 62

  • 10. What's the greatest number of consecutive days that Chicago's temperatures have dropped to zero or lower?

    • A. 5

    • B. 10

    • C. 18

    • D. 22