National Weather Service (NWS) Cooperative Weather Station

Northern Illinois University is home to a National Weather Service Cooperative Weather Station. The DeKalb-NIU station has been operating on NIU grounds since 1966. It's now located west of Annie Glidden Road south of the Recreation Center. Prior to that, the station was operated five miles northeast of DeKalb in Sycamore from 1888 to 1965. Combined, this represents a climate record which exceeds 100 years, which is important in terms of understanding regional climate variability.

Daily observations of temperature (maximum and minimum), precipitation, snowfall, snow cover, soil temperatures and evaporation (April 1 to Oct. 31) are made by a student weather director each day at 7 a.m. These observations are then transmitted to the NWS and a report of the data (and local forecast) recorded on a message machine (815-753-1623).

The weather director is responsible for maintaining the weather equipment, keeping the climate records, answering local climate questions and developing a monthly climate summary. The climate records are kept in the NWS laboratory in Davis Hall. The weather director position has been supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Office of Operations, Finance and Facilities; and external supporters.

Contact Us

Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Davis Hall, Room 312

815-753-1943 (undergraduate)
815-753-0631 (graduate)

815-753-1945 (fax)

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