Tom Skilling looks ahead to spring weather

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Forecasters were spot on with the Chicago area's winter outlook last fall that predicted milder than normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.  With a relatively easy winter, what might spring bring?

WGN's Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling has been looking at what the science is saying about March, April, and May. Spring doesn't officially begin until Sunday, March 20th. But, we typically think of all of March, April, and May as the months of spring. Long range forecasting is still a fairly young part of the science of meteorology and climatology. But here's the very latest spring outlook.

Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalist Mike D'Angelo contributed to this report.

We also want to remind you that this year's Fermilab severe weather seminar is coming up on Saturday, April 2nd, so please save the date.  We'll also do things a little differently this year, so stay tuned for the details of that.  In the meantime, we're honored to welcome these distinguished speakers for 2016.

Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director, National Weather Service

Dr. Russ Schneider, Director, Storm Prediction Center

Chris Strager, Central Region Director, National Weather Service

Dr. Don Wuebbles-Assistant Director, White House Office of Science and Technology

Doug Sisterson & Dr. Seth Darling of Argonne National Laboratory, authors of the book "How to Change Minds on our Changing Climate"

Ed Fenelon, Meteorologist in Charge-National Weather Service-Chicago-

Mike Bardou, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS-Chicago

Sean Lewis-Anchor and Reporter for WGN-TV

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