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The Local Impact of Climate Change
WFYI — Climate change is directly impacting Indiana farms. The growing season in Indiana is getting harder to evaluate. The data, going in some cases back to 1895, show clear trends, and there are no signs of them stopping or reversing. Indiana will continue to warm, more precipitation will fall, and extremely hot days will be common in many parts of the state. Prof. Matthew Huber, of Purdue EAPS and the director of the Purdue Institute for a Sustainable Future, discusses the local impacts of climate change.

Hurricane forecast points to a dangerous 2024 Atlantic season, with La Niña and a persistently warm ocean teaming up to power fierce storms
THE CONVERSATION — If the National Hurricane Center’s early forecast is right, the North Atlantic could see 17 to 25 named storms, eight to 13 hurricanes, and four to seven major hurricanes by the end of November. That’s the highest number of named storms in any NOAA preseason forecast. Jhordanne Jones, NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow with Purdue EAPS, wrote about these predictions in The Conversation.

Satellites and space junk burning up in the atmosphere is a new kind of pollution
CBC — Scientists doing high-altitude sampling of material deposited when meteorites burn up in the atmosphere are seeing a shift in the material they've been collecting. In a recent study in the journal PNAS, scientists found that increasingly the particles contain material that could have only come from vaporized space junk, such as the upper stages of rocket boosters and re-entering satellites. Daniel Cziczo, an atmospheric scientist at Purdue University, said they're now trying to find out what kind of impact this in material in the stratosphere may have on things like the ozone layer and global warming. He is interviewed on Quirks and Quarks radio by CBC.

2024 NFS Graduate Research Fellowship Program announces awardees and honorable mentions
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the 2024 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) which included 20 awardees and 12 honorable mentions from Purdue University. Of the pool of innovators, the Purdue University College of Science students stood out with ten awardee offers and two honorable mentions including these Purdue EAPS students: Katie Wilson, Addison Curtis, Haleigh Brown, Mariana Blanco-Rojas, and Sara Cuevas-Quiñones.

Weather station networks benefit farmers, others
FARM PROGRESS — Farmers are on the lookout for localized weather data. Weather stations, from simple thermometers and rain gauges to complex internet-connected instruments, have long served as tools for gathering data on the current environment. Severe weather expert Robin Tanamachi of Purdue EAPS, discusses the use of WHIN stations and their reliability.


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