David Changnon

Research Emphases

Applied Climatology, Hydro-Climatic Variability and Synoptic Climatology

Specific Research Endeavors

  • Examining climate variability and extremes and their impacts in the United States.
  • Assessing the use of climate information by weather-sensitive decision makers.
  • Developing climate-related decision support tools for users in climate-sensitive areas such as utilities, agribusiness, recreation, transportation and water resources.
  • The one common theme that integrates my research, teaching and service efforts at NIU involves demonstrating value in climate information to weather-sensitive decision makers.

Frequently Taught Courses

GEOG 105/106: Introduction to the Atmosphere 
GEOG 303: Water Resources and the Environment
GEOG 370: Regional Climatology
GEOG 498B: Seminar in Meteorology/Climatology
MET 300: Meteorology 
MET 431/531: Applications in Climatology

Representative Publications

Gensini, V., A. Black, D. Changnon and S.A. Changnon, 2011: September 2008 heavy rains in Northeast Illinois: Meteorological Analysis and Impacts. Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science, 104, 17-33.

Changnon, D. and S.A. Changnon, 2010: Major growth in some business related uses of climate information. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 49, 325-331.

Changnon, D., M. Sandstrom, J. Astolfi, J. Kopczyk and M. Sich, 2010: Using climatology to predict the first major summer corn earworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) catch in north central Illinois. Meteorological Applications, 17, 321-328.

Changnon, S.A. and D. Changnon, 2009: Assessment of a method used to time adjust past storm losses. Natural Hazards, 50, 5-12.

Changnon, D., C. Merinsky and M. Lawson, 2008: Climatology of surface cyclones tracks associated with large central and eastern U.S. snowstorms, 1950-2000. Monthly Weather Review, 136, 3193-3202.

Changnon, D., M. Sandstrom and S.A. Changnon, 2007: Unusual Spring 2007 weather conditions destroy Illinois’ peach crop. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science, 100, 25-35.

Changnon, D. and S.A. Changnon, 2007: Snowstorm dimensions across the Central and Eastern United States. Physical Geography, 28, 218-232.

Sandstrom, M., D. Changnon and B. Flood, 2007: Improving our understanding of H.zea migration in the Midwest : Assessment of Source Populations. Manuscript for Symposium Proceeedings on Helicoverpa zea Susceptibility to Pyrethroids in the Midwest . Online. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2007-0MDD-01-RV, 9pp.

Changnon, D. and S.A. Changnon, 2006: Unexpected impacts of drought 2005 on Illinois crop yields: Are weather-crop relationships changing? Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science , 99, 37-50.

Changnon , S.A. , D. Changnon and T.R. Karl, 2006: Temporal and spatial characteristics of snowstorms in the contiguous United States . Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology , 45, 1141-1155.

Changnon , S.A. and D. Changnon, 2006: A spatial and temporal analysis of damaging snowstorms in the United States . Natural Hazards, 37 , 373-389.

Changnon, D., M. Sandstrom and M. Bentley, 2006: Midwestern high dew point events 1960-2000. Physical Geography , 27 , 494-504.

Changnon, D., National Research Council, 2006: Completing the Forecast: Characterizing and Communicating Uncertainty for Better Decisions Using Weather and Climate Forecasts. Published by the National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 112 pp.

Changnon , S.A. and D. Changnon, 2005: Snowstorm catastrophes in the United States. Environmental Hazards, 6, 158-166.

Friedlein, M.T., D. Changnon, E. Musselman and J. Zielinski, 2005: Using dew points to estimate savings during a planned cooling shutdown. Meteorological Applications , 12 , 319-328.

Changnon, D. and S.A. Changnon, 2005: The pre-Christmas 2004 snowstorm disaster in the Ohio River valley. Weatherwise , 58 , 36-40.

Changnon , S.A. and D. Changnon, 2005: Lessons from the unusual impacts of an abnormal winter. Meteorological Applications , 12 , 187-191.

Changnon , S.A. and D. Changnon, 2005: Importance of sky conditions on the record 2004 Midwestern crop yields. Physical Geography , 26 , 99-111.

Changnon, D. and R. Bigley, 2005: Fluctuations in US freezing rain days. Climatic Change , 69, 229-244.

Sandstrom, M., D. Changnon and B. Flood, 2005: How weather and climate impact your pest management decisions. Chapter in Vegetable Insect Management. Edited by Rick Foster and Brian Flood. Published by MeisterPro Information Resources, Willoughby, OH, 23-29.

Changnon, D, 2005: Commerce and Climate. Chapter in Encyclopedia of World Climatology. Edited by John Oliver, Springer (Kluwer) Publishing, London, England, 298-302.

Changnon, D., 2004: Improving outreach in atmospheric sciences: Assessment of users of climate products. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 85, 601-606.

Changnon, S.A. and D. Changnon, 2004: Unusual rainstorms in Illinois produced unusual impacts. Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science, 97, 45-54.

Sandstrom, M.A., R.G. Lauritsen and D. Changnon, 2004: A central U.S. summer extreme dew-point climatology (1949-2000). Physical Geography, 25, 191-207.

Sparks, J., D. Changnon and J. Starke, 2002: Changes in the frequency of extreme warm-season surface dew points in northeastern Illinois. Implications for cooling-system design and operation. Journal of Applied Meteorology, 41, 890-898.

Changnon, D., J. Thompson, T. April, E. Schmidt, M. Falout, J.B. Davis and M. Russo, 2002: Efforts to improve predictions of urban winter heating anomalies using various climate indices. Meteorological Applications, 9, 105-111.



Distinguished Teaching Professor and Department Chair
Board of Trustees Professor (2010-2015)

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Ph.D., Colorado State University

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