News and Events
April 13, 2015
CMU Meteorologist Shares Expertise at National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Tornado research coincides with Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week
Central Michigan University meteorologist Leigh Orf was one of four researchers nationwide, selected from among 200 teams, invited to speak at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications conference celebrating the second birthday of its Blue Waters supercomputer. ​

​April 8, 2015
Celebrating Blue Waters Supercomputer​
Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) convened a celebration in honor of the second birthday of NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer.

Dr. Leigh Orf, Chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and professor of Atmospheric Science at CMU, is part of a research team using Blue Waters to better understand the inner workings of supercell thunderstorms and their most devastating product; the tornado.


February 9, 2015
CMU Alumnus becomes CNN meteorologist
When he was a child, Derek Van Dam built a tree fort in his front yard and climbed it every day.  One day, while watching a blustery thunderstorm from the window of his childhood home, his tree fort was knocked over.  Frustrated but full of wonder he developed a passion for science, the atmosphere and the weather.

February 9, 2015
As the world warms, where is the best snow to make Frosty?
​Dr. Marty Baxter contributes to this article in the Chicago Tribune

January 22, 2015
By studying underground magma plumbing systems, we can better predict volcanic eruptions
​​Each summer, Dr. Sven Morgan takes a handful of students 11,000 feet up into the Henry Mountains to explore exposed magma plumbing systems.

January 9, 2015
Estimates of net infiltration in arid basins and potential impacts on recharge and solute flux due to land use and vegetation change
​Dr. Wendy Robertson had her paper published in the Journal of Hydrology

January 7, 2015
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Most Devastating Thunderstorms
​​A blog entry by Dr. Leigh Orf

December 15, 2014
Dr. Sirbescu presents research posters at the American Geophysical Union
​In Situ Observations of Crystallization in Water-Undersaturated Pegmatite Liquids

November 27, 2014
Environmentally Hazardous Boron in Gold Mine Tailings, Timmins, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Mona Sirbescu, co-author

November 11, 2014
CMU Meteorologist creates breakthrough tornado simulation
​​Dr. Leigh Orf has created a first-of-its-kind 3D simulation of an EF5 tornado and the supercell thunderstorm that spawned it.