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Posted on July 11th, 2023

Apollo News Snippets – July 2023

The NOAA Extreme Weather Map for April 2023 shows below average sea ice extents in both the Arctic and Antarctic Seas. The Arctic ice extents was the 13th smallest on record, and the Antarctic Sea ice extent hit a record low. Canada experienced a rash of wildfires in May, which burned over 6 million acres and cause air quality concerns across much of North America. Tropical Cyclone Mocha was the Indian Ocean’s first named storm of the year and made landfall as a Category 4 cyclone in Myanmar, leaving behind a trail of devastation. (Credit: NOAA’s State of the Climate Reports)
  • The May 2023 Climate Report  has been released and, folks, it was a hot one. In fact, the May 2023 average global surface temperature was the 3rd highest on record since 1850. Interestingly, apart from Oceania, all the continents experienced hotter than average temperatures. North America had its hottest May ever recorded. For the second consecutive month, ocean temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere set a record high.
  • Did you know that July 10th is National Pina Colada Day? In honor, our Google search of the month was, “Pineapples and GIS”. We found this article by Pratibha T. Das and S. Sudhakar, titled Land Suitability Analysis for Orange and Pineapple: A Multi Criteria Decision Making Approach Using Geo Spatial Technology. The article was published by the Journal of Geographic Information System in February 2014. It discusses how GIS technology was used to determine land suitability for Mandarin orange and pineapple production in the East Hills District of Meghalaya, India. ArcGIS was used to determine soil suitability for both crops, accounting for 9 different features of the soil, including depth, drainage, stoniness, and Ph. The study found that the area is highly suitable for mandarin oranges, but only marginally suitable for pineapple growth; and so GIS can be used to help pinpoint ideal locations for agricultural businesses. Check out this video to learn more about the process of pineapple farming in India!

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