Romeoville's National Weather Service office protects all of Chicagoland


Last updated 9/23/2020 at 10:07am

Nestled between the campus of Lewis University and the Lewis University Airport is a giant white dome that looks somewhat like a soccer ball. This dome houses a doppler radar, which is used by the National Weather Service (NWS) office located directly below it. The Romeoville NWS office (officially known as the Chicago office) provides weather forecasts and storm tracking for all of Chicagoland.

The NWS office moved to Romeoville in 1993 and the doppler radar system was installed shortly after. Prior to that, the entire state of Illinois was covered by an office at O'Hare Airport. This was...

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