Gilbert Sebenste

Jenna Dooley/WNIJ

Northern Illinois University bids farewell to its longtime staff meteorologist this week.

Gilbert Sebenste has been passionate about the weather for a long time. He says that, when he was four or five years old, he attended a picnic with his parents when the weather started to turn ominous.

“… then all of the sudden as I am riding a kiddie ride -- it was a helicopter ride that went about 20 feet above the ground -- and as I am spinning around up there, I look west and I see these angry, boiling clouds," he recalled. "I am like, ‘Oh, this isn’t good.’”

DeKalb, Rockford Ready Winter Salt Supply

Nov 21, 2014
Larry Stephens

Many Illinoisans are thinking ahead to the coming winter. DeKalb and Rockford Public Works officials are no exception. Both offices already have plans for their road salt supplies.

Gilbert Sebenste, staff meteorologist at Northern Illinois University, says that residents may not be thrilled by the news, but it looks like this winter will be just as cold as last year -- if not colder.

But, he adds, nothing is guaranteed.

Boosting Your Winter Vocabulary

Feb 19, 2014

Northern Illinois is experiencing a brief warm-up this week. But it still seems there is no end in sight to the brutal winter that has pummeled the region. Despite the inconveniences, the endless cycle of snow and cold temperatures has brought some seldom used weather terms to the surface.

Media Services / Northern Illinois University

A large portion of northern Illinois was under a “red flag warning” Tuesday.  But what does that mean? On Tuesday afternoon, WNIJ’s Susan Stephens called Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste to get an explanation.