Tornado entering Springfield, IL, April 19, 1996. Photo credit: Brian Fugiel

Before The Weather Turns Bad...

Come here to see what various weather advisories mean, and where to go should severe weather threaten.

Campus Safety

Get All Severe Weather Bulletins Instantly Via Email, or to your cell phone!

Listing Of The Safest Places To Be In On Campus In A Tornado

Illinois Winter Road Conditions (text)

ComEd power outage map , Ameren power outage map

Illinois Winter Road Conditions (live map)

NIU School Closing Information

For Illinois Tollway road condition information, call 1-800-TOLL-FYI; for other Interstates, call 1-800-452-4368.

How To Become A Storm Spotter

Storm Spotter Guide-How To Spot Severe Storms

Storm Spotter Field Guide, 2011 edition

Severe Storms Online Guide/Module

Storm Spotter Glossary/Definitions

Want to become an NIU weather spotter? Contact me, Gilbert Sebenste, at

Information on Weather Watch and Warning Definitions:

Definitions of Severe Thunderstorm, Tornado, and Flash Flood Watches and Warnings

Definitions of Various Winter Storm Watches And Warnings

Definitions of Non-Precipitation Watches and Warnings (High Wind, Heat/Wind Chill Advisories, etc)

What To Do When Severe Weather Strikes:

Preparations For Winter Storms

Preparations For Tornadoes

Preparations for Severe Thunderstorms

In General....

Lightning Safety, General

Lightning Safety, What You Need To Know

Heat Wave Safety

Heat Index Chart (Looks Nice Printed Out)

More heat index charts (nice)

Wind Chill Index Chart (Looks Nice Printed Out)

General Storm Safety

Everything You Could Possibly Even Think Of!

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Last updated 7/28/2010