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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....
Gilbert Sebenste
NIU Weather, part of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, was named last week as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS). “I am proud to announce our designation of Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador,” said NIU meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste. “What this means is that...
Doug Sisterson
Mixed messages about climate disruption in the media and elsewhere cause confusion for the public and could prevent action to ensure a better future, says Doug Sisterson, a research meteorologist at Argonne National Laboratory. Sisterson will visit NIU Friday, April 10, to speak on “What We Know and Don’t Know About Climate Disruption,” exploring striking...
Suzy and David Changnon
Climate affects almost everything we do. And while climate and climatic events might seem unpredictable, it’s the ability to understand them that helps decision-makers make adjustments – and better decisions. In a Board of Trustees Professor seminar scheduled Thursday, April 9, David Changnon will highlight the important role NIU students have played in his research of...
Some big cities, particularly those located in hot and humid environments, actually birth more thunderstorms than surrounding rural areas, according to a new study led by Alex Haberlie, an NIU Ph.D. student in geogaphy. The conclusion is one of several fascinating findings from the first long-term, systematic assessment of the influence of urban land use...
Campus snowball fun – Winter 2013
Last year’s polar vortex caused some of the most severe winter weather Illinois has seen in the past 50 years, and the recent cold snap has everyone wondering what this winter will bring. Is the polar vortex part of global warming or proof that it doesn’t exist? STEM Café invites you to find out at...
Snow on the NIU campus
With the unseasonably frigid air this week, memories resurfaced of last winter’s biting cold, brought on by the dreaded polar vortex. But as NIU climatologist David Changnon points out, it’s not simply the cold that makes us miserable. Changnon, who has been studying the impacts of last winter for an upcoming publication, can describe the...
Jessica Quick recently joined the ABC 17 News team as a meteorologist and digital content director for the station. KMIZ-TV 17 is part of the Columbia, Missouri-based cluster of television stations that also include KQFX (FOX) and KZOU (MyNetwork TV) in addition to Me-TV. Quick, who hails from Tuscola, Ill.–a small farm town in central Illinois–graduated...
Jon Lehuta
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs has recognized NIU employee Jonathan J. Lehuta, a prominent veteran leader in DeKalb County with more than 30 years of service to his community, county and to his fellow vets, as the Illinois Veteran of the Month for April 2013. Lehuta, a U.S. Navy veteran, was honored Friday during...
Meredith Wood strikes gold during a storm chasing trip in Campo, Colo.
Meredith Wood never thought about pursuing a science degree because she was not confident in her mathematics skills. After taking a meteorology class at the College of DuPage (COD) and going on a storm-chasing trip, however, she was hooked. “I was fortunate enough to see many supercell storms and tornadoes. It was absolutely unreal,” Wood...
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