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​September 21, 2016
Weathering a century of storms and sun.
National Weather Service honors CMU for 100 years of service
Local forecasters often cite historical data to provide perspective on days the weather feels like it’s going to extremes. For example, in the sweltering summer sun they’ll point out that 106 degrees is the hottest temperature recorded in Mount Pleasant, and when the temperature drops below zero, they offer the frigid fact that 30 below is the coldest temperature on record.


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September 19, 2016
National Weather Service honored CMU with its partnership and 100 years of observation
The National Weather Service named Central Michigan University a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Monday with an award honoring its partnership and 100 years of weather observations.

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May 23, 2016
Central Michigan University's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is introducing a bachelor of science degree​ in environmental science and will be accepting students starting this fall. The new program is designe​d to provide students with...

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April 1, 2016
Digging Deep into Earth's Science
Geology majors learn from experience​
In a recent classroom lab at Central Michigan University, students sat at the edges of their seats prepared for what ​​could only be called a rocking good time.

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March 28, 2016
CMU meteorology students launch weather balloon in storm
​Central Michigan University meteorology students launched a helium-filled weather balloon - with meteorological instruments trailing behind - into the angry skies (Wednesday). The goal of the launch is to collect a profile of the atmosphere in order to collect information to help combat the uncertainty of forecasting spring storms.

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March 7, 2016
CMU's Dr. Marty Baxter participates in Winter Weather Forcasting Experiment
During the week of February 15, Dr. Baxter took part in the annual Winter Weather Forecasting Experiment at NOAA's Center for Climate and Weather Prediction in College Park, Maryland. This month-long experiment pairs forecasters and researchers from around the country with forecasters from the Weather Prediction Center. During the experiment, newly developed computer models and forecast techniques are tested for winter weather events across the U.S. In addition, Dr. Baxter gave a presentation for NOAA personnel on his research on the "Distribution of Single-Banded Snowfall in Cold-Season Central United States Cyclones". 

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November 18, 2015
Mapping Mother Nature's impact on wine.
CMU students track weat​her patterns at Michigan winery
The unique Michigan weather on Old Mission Peninsula plays a key part in making your glass of pinot perfect.  For CMU meteorology faculty and students, this make the region ripe for research to help maintain....
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November 5, 2015
CMU Geology student presents at national meeting
CMU geology undergraduate, Mackenzie Gaikema, rec​ently presented his groups research at the Geological Society of America's national meeting in Baltimore, MD.  


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November 4, 2015

Meteorology students get first hand experience collecting atmospheric data as part of the MET 260: Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences course.  Guided by meteorology faculty (Dr. Daria Kluver and Dr. Marty Baxter), students tie a package of weather sensors to a large helium-filled balloon.  As the balloon ascends through the atmosphere it transmits information about temperature, moisture, pressure, elevation, wind speeds, and wind direction back to the students on​ the ground.

Students will plot this data to get a better understanding of the atmospheric conditions with height, and use it in lab activities to determine atmospheric stability and precipitation types.  Experiences like these help prepare meteorology students for a career in the atmospheric sciences.  The meteorology program conducts several weather balloon launches throughout the year as a part of class activities, and also contributes special launches during severe weather to the National Weather Service.


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August 27, 2015
CMU Professor Presents Research at International Symposium in Poland and in Germany
In June, 2015 Dr. Mona Sirbescu presented her recent research developments on magma crystallization at two international conferences. The 7th International Symposium on Granitic Pegmatites in Ksiaz, Poland, (17th – 21st of Jun​e) was attended by about 100 scientists from 6 continents. She also gave an invited talk at the annual conferences of DMG, the German Mineralogical Society in Potsdam, Germany (26th -27th of June) to an audience of about 60 researchers specialized in the areas of Petrology, Petrophysics, and Geochemistry.

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April 21, 2015
Since coming to Central Michigan University in 2003,  Leigh Orf has dedicated his time and resources toward Mesoscale Meteorology – or in simpler terms, thunderstorms. ​

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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. ​
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​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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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January 7, 2015
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Most Devastating Thunderstorms
​​A blog entry by Dr. Leigh Orf
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December 15, 2014
Dr. Sirbescu presents research posters at the American Geophysical Union
​In Situ Observations of Crystallization in Water-Undersaturated Pegmatite Liquids
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November 27, 2014
Environmentally Hazardous Boron in Gold Mine Tailings, Timmins, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Mona Sirbescu, co-author
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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.