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The April 9 tornado near Franklin Grove, Ill. Photo courtesy Walker Ashley, NIU Department of Geography
All DeKalb-area residents can remember the violent and deadly tornado that tore through Rochelle and Fairdale last April, leveling houses and trees in its path. At the next STEM Café, “Tornado Tracking: How Meteorologists Predict and Pursue Storms,” NIU associate professor Walker Ashley will tell the story of how he forecast and chased the tornado....
An early shot of the tornado near Franklin Grove, Ill. Photo courtesy Walker Ashley, NIU Deparment of Geography
On the early evening of April 9, 2015, a large, violent tornado moved across portions of Lee, Ogle, DeKalb and McHenry counties, with winds as high as 195 mph. DeKalb County’s small community of Fairdale sustained a direct hit from the twister, which killed two and injured dozens of others. Unfortunately, the odds of some...
NIU geomatics student Tom Todd takes a distance measurement.
A Northern Illinois University instructor and four of his students played a unique role in helping the residents of tornado-devastated Fairdale begin restore their lives. Geomatics instructor Kory Allred and his students, along with other members of the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association, re-surveyed parcels of land – a critical starting point in rebuilding homes....
An NIU football player helps with the recovery in Fairdale.
The April 9 tornado that ripped through the towns of Fairdale and Rochelle passed less than a half-hour away from the Northern Illinois University campus. In the weeks following the devastation, it’s not surprising that members of the Huskie community have moved forward together to aid in the recovery effort. “NIU staff and students have...