Indiana State Climatologist and Purdue agricultural economists help Hoosiers understand important issues.
Aug 26 – Staff of the Indiana State Climate Office collated weather observations during the Indiana State Fair tragedy into a web page Indiana August 13 2011 Severe Weather Event on the IClimate web site: http://iclimate.org/2011aug13.asp
Aug 18 – Seminar by Dev Niyogi on Climate Change at Indianapolis.
Aug 12 – Staff of the Indiana State Climate Office hosted two displays at the Indiana State Fair on Purdue Day. The display topics were climate education and the CoCoRaHS volunteer rain gage program in Indiana.
Aug 8 - The summer edition of Counting Drops, the newsletter about the CoCoRaHS program in Indiana was written by NWS and Indiana State Climate office staff and posted on the IClimate web site: http://iclimate.org/index.asp
Aug 8 – The Lafayette Journal & Courier interviewed Ken as to whether Indiana temperatures and precipitation are trending back to normal in August after the hot and dry July. The story also appeared in the Chicago Tribune:
“Some Indiana farmers cheer as rains dampen dry fields”
Aug 3 – Ken discussed historical heat waves and some reasons why the drought of 1936 was so severe in an interview by the Indianapolis Star. “Hard times in raging heat”
Aug 2- Ken was interviewed by the Lafayette Journal & Courier for comments regarding why Indiana has experienced such a long spell of hot and dry weather this summer.
Ken was interviewed by Lafayette Journal and Courier regards the outlook for more heat waves in July and August. Published July 23rd in the article “Heat wave has lasting impact on corn market”.
Ken was interviewed by Lafayette Journal and Courier regards the maximum local temperature on July 22nd. Published on July 23rd in the article “Heat keeps Lafayette shelter busy”.
Ken was interviewed by Lafayette Journal and Courier regards a maximum temperature record for Lafayette on July 22nd. Information included in the article “100 degrees -- it doesn't happen often, thank goodness”
Ken was interviewed by Indiana Prairie Farmer on July 22nd regards how long these heat waves would continue, what chances for rain are, and crop progress based on accumulated heat units.
Ken was quoted by Reuters on July 21st in the article published that day titled “Midwest turns dry as drought worsens in Plains”.
Ken was interviewed on July 21st by Columbus Republic as to where this month ranks so far among the driest July’s on record.
Ken was a speaker at the Purdue Diagnostic Training Center workshop on June 14th and 22nd during Beck Hybrid Days. The talk to sales associates from Indiana and Illinois was titled “What’s Wrong With our Weather?” based on this question posed earlier by a news reporter.
Ken was quoted in Lafayette Journal and Courier in the July 12th article “Heat + humidity = Oppressive dose of summer”.
Faculty, staff, and students of Indiana State Climate Office attended the NWS Climate Services and Drought workshop sessions held in Indianapolis on June 23rd and 24th.
Publication: Yang, Z.-L., G.-Y. Niu, K. E. Mitchell, F. Chen, M. B. Ek, M. Barlage, K. Manning, D. Niyogi, M. Tewari, and Y. Xia, 2011: The Community Noah Land Surface Model with Multi-Parameterization Options (Noah-MP): 2. Evaluation over Global River Basins, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, No. D12, D12110, doi:10.1029/2010JD015140,
Publication: Niu, G.-Y., Z.-L. Yang, K. E. Mitchell, F. Chen, M. B. Ek, M. Barlage, L. Longuevergne, A. Kumar, K. Manning, D. Niyogi, E. Rosero, M. Tewari, and Y. Xia, 2011: The Community Noah Land Surface Model with Multi-Parameterization Options (Noah-MP): 1. Model Description and Evaluation with Local-scale Measurements, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D12, D12109,doi:10.1029/2010JD015139.
Ken was interviewed by Columbus Republic on sudden summer heat onset. Published June 11th: “State’s temperatures hottest for time of year since 1934”.
Ken was interviewed by Columbus Republic on a possible Columbus maximum temperature record on June 1st, published that day in the article “Hot? Yes! Record? No!”
Dev visited the National Weather Service Central Region in Kansas City, MO, May 25- 26. The meeting led to the kick off of a multistate collaborative project planning on improved products such as soil moisture.
Dev visited CAPTEC - Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation at the University of Purto Rico- San Juan from May 15 - 21.
Dev Niyogi met with the Polis Center of Indianapolis for regional vulnerability assessment studies related to hydrological extremes.
Dev Niyogi visited different Indiana counties for flood assessments.
Dev Niyogi and Ken Scheeringa were interviewed by various media outlets for stories related to the severe weather, Indiana flooding, and the emergency response.
Dev Niyogi was an invited participated and gave two talks for the Federal Highway Authority/ DOT climate change adaptation and mitigation in transportation peer exchange workshop. The meeting was coordinated by the DOT/FHWA in Indianapolis Government Center.
Wu Z., X. Wang, F. Chen, A. A. Turnipseed, A. B. Guenther, D. Niyogi, U. Charusombat*, B. Xia, J. W. Munger, K. Alapaty, 2011Evaluating the calculated dry deposition velocities of reactive nitrogen oxides and ozone from two community models over a temperate deciduous forest, 45, 2663-2674. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.02.063
Dev Niyogi visited Science Center at St. Louis and reviewed the climate change exhibit April 22-23, 2011.
Lei Ming defended his Ph D dissertation on effect of urbanization on regional rainfall climatology. (04/12/2011)
Ming Lei PhD defense on April 12, 2:00 PM at Civil Conference room, 2nd floor. Open to everyone.
Dev Niyogi attended the National Association for Research in Science Teaching annual meeting in Orlando, FL. He was one of the invited speakers at the symposium on climate change education.
Dev Niyogi invited talk at NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change Science Team Meeting, University of Maryland.
On camera interview regarding Seasonal Climate Outlook by Ken Scheeringa and Dev Niyogi.
Paul Schmid submitted a PRF proposal on Aerosols and Urban Landuse Effects on Storms.
"Factor Separation in the Atmosphere-Applications and Future Porspects" book is published and we have two chapters which are available here.
Dev Niyogi will be the featured lunch-on speaker at the 126th Annual Academy Meeting of the THE INDIANA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
March 4-5, 2011 at IUPUI, Indianapolis.
Dev Niyogi gave an invited talk on the Drought of 2010 at the Indiana Horticultural Congress, January 18 - 20, 2011
The Wyndham Indianapolis.
Dev Niyogi gave an invited presentation to the 2nd Annual Upper Midwest Food, Fuel and Fiber Workshop Tour, Aug 31 – Sep 2, 2010, Beck Center, West Lafayette, IN
Congratulations to Lei Ming for receiving the Best Student Paper award at the American Meteorological Society Urban Symposium at Keystone, CO.
Paper title: Ming Lei, D. Niyogi, C. Kishtawal, J. M. Shepherd, and J. Entin, 2010, Does the Summer Heavy Rainfall Climatology over east United States show Urbanization Impacts?, 9th Symp. On Urban Environment, American Meteorological Society, 1 – 6 August, 2010, Keystone, CO.
Vanessa's poster presentation on Friday, July 30 2010.
Congratulations to Joseph Alfieri, who is doing his PhD with our group, for winning 2 awards!
A week after a blizzard buried parts of Indiana, the state's official climatologist concedes that his forecast for a mild February was a bit off the mark.
Dev Niyogi, an assistant professor of agronomy and earth and atmospheric sciences at Purdue University, ranks his winter forecast in the could-do-better category.
He had forecast that the winter season - Dec. 1 through Feb. 28 - would include warmer-than-normal temperatures during February.
But as Hoosiers shivered from recent below-zero weather, Niyogi couldn't ignore the obvious.
"We all know it has not been warm, which is what we anticipated it ought to be," he said. "Clearly, we will have to look at what other factors we should be looking at so we have a better outcome the next time around."
Niyogi said pinpointing a storm like the one that dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of north-central Indiana is difficult on a short-term basis and impossible months in advance.
Before last week's storm, he said, three similar systems threatened to lash the state, including an ice storm that stopped at the Illinois-Indiana state line.
Actually, much of Niyogi's forecast proved accurate. As he predicted, December started out cold, and was followed by extreme swings from warmer to frigid days.
But Ken Scheeringa, an associate state climatologist, joked that during the recent blizzard, he had friends call and ask him whether he had turned "the dials" the wrong way.
Niyogi, who became state climatologist in 2005, oversees the office that's the official archive of daily weather observations across Indiana and also studies the state's climate.
The 34-year-old grew up in Bombay, India, and initially wanted to become an engineer. But his fascination with smoke plumes flowing from Bombay's tall chimneys eventually led him to atmospheric studies.
Niyogi received a degree in civil engineering in India and came to the U.S. in 1994 to study atmospheric sciences.
Because of his title, Niyogi fields calls from reporters, something he said he relishes because it gives him a chance to keep weather-related issues before the public.
Telling people that he's the state climatologist is a good line to use at a party, but not during a blizzard, Niyogi said.
Current climate change impact models that consider only one weather variable, such as increasing temperature, sometimes spawn unsubstantiated doomsday predictions, according to researchers at Purdue and North Carolina universities.
Climate change studies that assess the full range of interactions among temperature, radiation, precipitation and land use can better aid humans to prepare for extreme shifts in weather patterns, the scientists report in a special issue of the journal Global and Planetary Change.
This year on Purdue Day at the Indiana State Fair, Associate Iclimate Director Ken Scheeringa and five Iclimate team members drove down to manage the Iclimate booth. Team members answered visitor's questions and met other grad students in the School of Science . Located in the Science Program section, IClimate booth visitors were fascinated by the many double-bottles filled with water, that with a twist of the hand, would produce a swirling “funnel cloud;” here IClimate team member Brian Wolfe explains how this phenomenon occurs.