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Chasing the storm
PURDUE EXPONENT — Sandwiched between Indianapolis, Chicago and Fort Wayne is a gap. Not a physical one, but important nonetheless. Until recently, the Greater Lafayette area was in a radar gap, hurting the ability of local meteorologists to accurately predict and observe the weather. The three nearest radars in Indianapolis, Chicago and Fort Wayne don’t quite reach this far, said Dan Cziczo, the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department head.

Lifting the Veil
SCIENCE — Alien planets are shrouded in hazes that hide clues to their makeup. Lab experiments could help clear the view. Dr. Alexandria Johnson, of Purdue EAPS, is cited in this article by Some researchers, like Johnson, are focused on exoplanet clouds, who grows and studies clouds in a chamber. She wonders how clouds and hazes might interact on an exoplanet—whether, for example, haze particles might promote cloud formation by providing “nucleation sites” for gases to condense.

Tempted to joke about global warming amid a blizzard? Here's what experts say about that.
USAToday — Winter storms are pummeling the United States, snow is piling up, temperatures are dropping, traffic is snarling and there’s always the threat of thunderstorms and thundersnow. Just like clockwork, the emails, tweets and Facebook jokes start flowing. Scientists likely don't think that joke is as funny as another familiar climate change quip: Never argue about climate change – it always turns into a heated debate. Dr. Dan Chavas, of Purdue EAPS, looks at this as an opportunity to engage.

Purdue EAPS Student Spotlight: Emma Miller
Emma Miller is a Purdue EAPS senior undergraduate student studying atmospheric science. This summer, she attended the NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop in Boulder, CO. In this video, she discusses her experiences with NCAR's Undergraduate Leadership Workshop and as a student within Purdue EAPS.

New study to examine how plants transport water from soil to atmosphere
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s Elin Jacobs has received a three-year, $911,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore how tree roots help redistribute water in the soil. She will study how water flows from soils through plants and into the atmosphere and the impact of increasingly occurring droughts on that process. Collaborating with Jacobs on the project are Zoe Cardon, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts; Jeff Dukes, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, California.; Lisa Welp, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Purdue; and Yilin Fang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington.


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