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Posted on June 6th, 2023

Apollo News Snippets – June 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 11th smallest on record, and the Antarctic Sea ice extent ranked third smallest on record. Tropical Storms Isla set a record for the strongest winds observed in western Australia, while Tropical Storm Sanvu was the first Northern Hemisphere named storm of 2023. (Credit: NOAA’s State of the Climate Reports)
  • The April 2023 NOAA Climate Report has been released, and, in line with past trajectories, it was warmer than previous years. The April 2023 average global surface temperature was the fourth highest on record since 1850. Interestingly, all the continents experienced hotter than average temperatures in the month of April. Spain had its hottest and driest April ever recorded; as global ocean temperatures set a record high for April, and also marked the second highest ocean temperature on record for any month ever recorded.
  • Did you know that June 2nd is National Donut Day? In honor, our Google search of the month was “Donuts and GIS”. We found this article by Michael Waters, titled Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts: A Locational and Economic Analysis using GIS. The article is a student project written at Salem State University in 2007. It discusses how GIS technology can help pinpoint ideal locations for businesses. The project used GIS to analyze the locations of two competing business chains (i.e., Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts) in the state of Massachusetts. The research particularly focused on the differences in demographics of the areas surrounding the respective companies’ coffee shops, including income, land value, infrastructure, education and race. Check out the article to find what kinds of data the study revealed about the clientele of both Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. Some of the revelations surprised us!

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