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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: John Nebl (630) 407-2905

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

DuPage County to Present 29th Advanced Severe Weather Seminar

The public is invited to attend the 29th annual DuPage Advanced Severe Weather Seminar presented by the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on March 14. Former Fox32 Chicago Meteorologist Tammie Souza will again emcee the day-long seminar with special guest, ABC7 Chicago Meteorologist Tracy Butler. The Weather Channel’s Storm Specialist and Meteorologist Mark Elliot will be the featured presenter.

The first seminar was held in 1991 as a collaborative effort between the then DuPage County Emergency Management Agency and the College of DuPage’s meteorology program. The idea for the seminar was the devastating F-5 tornado that struck nearby Plainfield on Aug. 28, 1990. Twenty-nine lives were lost, 350 injured, and 470 homes destroyed with another 1,000 homes damaged.

Considered a premiere educational and severe weather safety event, the DuPage seminar annually draws 500 attendees from around the Midwest and from as far away as New York. Some of this year’s topics include a refresher on severe weather spotting, learning how the College of DuPage’s NexLab conducts storm chasing trips, and a review of the 2018 Taylorville EF-3 tornado.

This year’s seminar will be held at Wheaton College on Saturday, March 14 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required at a cost of $40, which includes a continental breakfast, hot lunch buffet, and a commemorative T-shirt. Registration ends on Feb. 28. To register visit: