Summer expansion plans are underway at Noth Dakota Agricultural Weather Network with 18 stations contracted for construction this year and another 21 scheduled in 2025. NDAWN Director Daryl Ritchison is also seeing his duties expand as he takes on the role of interim state climatologist. “It’s very sad, Adnan Akyuz passed away in January after a long battle with cancer so at least, for now, I’ll be interim for a while and we’ll see what happens after that.” Ritchison’s responsibilities at NDAWN will continue and he is “very happy to take on” the additional role.
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