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"It's kind of scary, it sounded like thunder:" One woman shares her earthquake experience for "Earthquake Awareness Month"
WABASH VALLEY (WTHI) - While we rarely feel a significant earthquake, we do have earthquakes here in the Wabash Valley. It's an important reminder for earthquake awareness month. "The Wabash Valley fault system is further to the Southwest of Indiana and in the border of Indiana and Illinois, but it extends to the north, northeast closer to Terre Haute and Lafayette," said Xiaotao Yang, professor at Purdue University.

This weather phenomenon on Lake Michigan stunned meteorologists Friday
WASHINGTON POST — An extremely localized but intense band of lake-effect snow slammed northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana, dropping nearly three feet of snow in a narrow swath only a few miles wide. But there was something a little special with this particular snow band — it was made up of more than a dozen wintry whirlwinds. Dr. Robin Tanamachi, of Purdue EAPS, explains the phenomenon of these mesovortexes in this article by WaPo.

University collaboration receives $6 million in funding for new CI workforce project
The NSF has awarded nearly $6 million to Purdue University, IU, and Mississippi State University to fund a collaborative program aimed at fortifying the cyberinfrastructure (CI) workforce within research communities. Matthew Huber, of Purdue EAPS and the Purdue Institute for a Sustainable Future, is a Co-PI on this project.

Improving our understanding of Earth's upper troposphere and lower stratosphere
KIT INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE TALKS (VIDEO) — Prof. Daniel Cziczo reviews how aircraft measurements and laboratory studies have been and will continue to be used to better understand atmospheric chemistry, precipitation and our climate. Prof. Cziczo is Department Head of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science at Purdue University, USA and 2023 International Excellence Fellow at KIT, Germany.

At the Mars Desert Research Station, Purdue crews live and work as if they are truly inhabiting the red planet
PURDUE NEWS — The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), located near Hanksville, Utah, has served as Mars on Earth for Purdue researchers since the first all-Boilermaker mission launched in 2017. "It’s a unique opportunity, especially for students who study habitats in extreme environments or in human space exploration,” says Purdue EAPS alumna Adriana Brown (BS environmental geoscience, ’22), commander of MDRS Crew 289.


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