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Katelyn Dinh sits at a table in the Huskie Grill. Students share what their favorite type of weather is. (Ro Hong | Northern Star)

What is your favorite weather?

By Ro Hong, Videographer | April 8, 2024

Are you more a fan of spring showers or cloudless sunny days?  Good news for you, in Illinois for the spring we have all of the above.

An abstract design shows a forest burning from bright red flames, with the red sun beaming bring and hard. Our planet deserves better. (Camilla Dziadosz | Northern Star)

Recent weather shifts can’t be ignored

By Camilla Dziadosz, Opinion Columnist | March 20, 2024

While the coverage of climate change is nothing particularly new, the pressing issue doesn’t match actions taken for resolution. We shouldn’t wait for more chaotic weather to arise to prioritize prevention of the climate crisis – it may be too late...

Clouds sweep over MLK Commons and the Holmes Student Center Monday on campus. Severe weather and strong winds are forecasted for Tuesday and Wednesday night. (Christian Quevedo | Northern Star)

DeKalb County may experience hazardous weather Tuesday

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | April 3, 2023

DeKALB – Hazardous weather is expected to hit Tuesday in DeKalb County. According to the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms and forceful winds ranging from 40 mph to 50 mph are anticipated for Tuesday and Wednesday night. Sophomore...

Leaves sway on a tree in the bitter and chill wind at the center of NIUs campus. DeKalb County can expect high winds, hail and possibly tornadoes on Friday. (Cheyanne Quintanilla | Northern Star)

Severe weather predicted for DeKalb County Friday

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor | March 30, 2023

DeKALB – The National Weather Service has predicted severe weather to occur Friday afternoon and evening. This severe weather could include thunderstorms, damaging winds, hail and possibly tornadoes. This severe weather is predicted to occur in multiple...

Opinion Columnist Philip Arduini expresses his honest opinion about the Midwestern region of the United States.

Fill in the Blank: The Midwest is…

By Philip Arduini, Opinion Columnist | November 4, 2022

Quite depressing. Bad weather, losing sports teams and neglected cities make up the majority of the midwestern United States. The weather in the Midwest is extraordinarily inconvenient. Summers can get dangerously hot, and winters can be dangerously...

Spring is a time for college students to come out of their shell.

Spring weather allows students to reawaken

By Parker Otto | March 24, 2022
We all should go outside wearing a t-shirt and just enjoy life. 
As a snowstorm ripped across the Midwest last week, many universities, including NIU, let professors decide whether or not their classes would be held online.

Online classes are a great alternative for snow days

By Parker Otto | February 7, 2022
Using online classes to eliminate snow days is a worthwhile endeavor.

Arizona off-roading family, dog saved from raging flood

February 24, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona family and their dog narrowly avoided being swept away after their mini sports utility vehicle got stuck in rushing floodwaters.Dramatic video broadcast by media outlets from the Saturday night rescue shows the family of five...

Spain closes airports on Canary Islands due to sand storm

February 23, 2020

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities said Sunday that they have closed airports on the Canary Islands because of a wind storm that is blinding the archipelago with sand and dust.Spain’s airport authorities said that incoming planes have been rerouted...

German, Dutch carnival parades called off due to weather

February 23, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Several cities in western Germany canceled their traditional carnival parades at short notice Sunday, citing severe weather conditions including gusty winds and heavy rains.In Cologne, the famous school and neighborhood parades were abandoned...

Oahu had hottest year on record in 2019, officials say

February 21, 2020

HONOLULU (AP) — Oahu experienced its hottest year on record in 2019, according tofederal officials and municipal authorities.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the island reached its highest temperatures last yearand the National...