DES PLAINES, Ill. -- A legendary weatherman in Chicago has passed away.
Harry Volkman informed and entertained Chicagoans for more than four decades on four TV stations, including WGN.
He died of a respiratory ailment at Oakton Pavillion nursing home in Des Plaines on Thursday.
Harry's sunny personality, his sense of humor and his deep knowledge of weather patterns made him a local favorite and inspired a young Tom Skilling to follow him into the forecasting business.
Volkman died in Des Plaines surrounded by his family.
He was 89.
There will be a private family funeral and at some point a public memorial.