Symposium will examine region’s severe weather hazards

An early shot of the tornado near Franklin Grove, Ill. Photo courtesy Walker Ashley, NIU Deparment of Geography
An early shot of the April 9 tornado near Franklin Grove, Ill.
Photo courtesy Walker Ashley, NIU Department of Geography

In response to the April 9 tornado in the northern Illinois region, the NIU Department of Geography is inviting the public to a tornado and weather preparedness symposium that will feature talks by weather and emergency-response experts.

It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the auditorium of Montgomery Hall on campus.

NIU meteorology professor Walker Ashley will be among the speakers and will examine several different scenarios that could have played out had the tornado taken a different path over more populated and developed areas.

A detailed story on the symposium is posted to the NIU Newsroom.

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