Indiana State Climate Office

 

​About

The Indiana State Climate Office (Iclimate) is the state archive of offical daily and hurly weather observations recorded throughtout Indiana. Established in 1956, Iclimate maintains an online archive of daily and hourly observatiosn from both manual and automated networks. Iclimate not only assists in providing climate observations and summaries but also interprets and applies this data to solve climate related problems at hand.

History

1954: Dr. Helmut Landsberg of the Weather Bureau Climatological Division announced in Climatological Services Memorandum No. 45 that the Section Centers of the Bureau would be discontinued. In its place would be the State Climatologist and the Area Climatologist program. 

1955-1956: The era of federally run state climatology programs across the country began. The Indiana State Climate Office was established in 1956 with the mandate to document and study the climate of Indiana . This mission includes responding to the requests of many individuals and user groups in businesses and government. Requests for assistance originate primarily from the agriculture, legal, construction, environmental monitoring, forensics, government, insurance, news media, research and eduction, and utility sectors.

1973: As a federally funded program, the State Climatology program was terminated effective April 16, 1973. However, the individual states were given the opportunity to take over these programs and support them with their own state funds. At this juncture, Purdue University accepted and funded the Indiana State Climate Office as an extension function. Since 1956 to present, the department of Agronomy at Purdue University, West Lafayette, has housed the Indiana State Climate Office.

2005:  Over the years the Indiana State Climate Office has served the needs of Indiana with a very small staff. Today, the office is growing significantly, evolving into an active office that continues to serve as a vital resource of climate information to various sectors and industry throughout the state of Indiana.

 

Indiana State Climatologists from 1956 to present

 



1956-1982:
 Lawrence Schaal


1982-1987:
James Newman



1988-2005:
Kenneth Scheeringa




2005-Present:
Dr. Dev Niyogi
Kenneth Scheeringa
(Associate State Climatologist)​
 

 Contact

 

​Mailing Address:

Indiana State Climate Office
915 W. State Street  
West Lafayette, IN 47907 

 

Phone:

765-494-6574 

 

Driving Directions: 

The Indiana State Climate Office is located on the Purdue University Campus in the Lilly Hall of Life Sciences RM 2-420. 

  • Exit Interstate 65 at State Road 26 (exit 172)

  • Proceed westbound on SR26 through downtown Lafayette

  • Cross the Wabash River bridge into West Lafayette and come to the intersection with US 231

  • Proceed to the top of the hill where campus begins. Continue west on SR26 to the intersection at Russell Street

  • Turn left (south) onto Russell Street. Our building is at the first parking lot on your left (east side of Russell). Visitor parking is at the meters on the opposite (west) side of Russell Street

Data Request:

iclimate@purdue.edu