The McGill Student Weather Forecasting Club

– By Yeechian Low and co-authored by David Wang –

While roller coaster temperatures, blizzards, and severe thunderstorms are dreadful for many, they are reasons for excitement for us, as members of the McGill Weather Forecasting Club (WFC).

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Changing CMOS Congresses

– By David Fissel, David Collins, Matthew Asplin (Members, CMOS Congress 2021 Local Arrangements Committee) and Bob Jones (CMOS Archivist)

Introduction

As the plans for the 55th CMOS Congress 2021 are being finalized, the changing approach to CMOS Congresses over the recent past is described. The changes for Congress 2020 and Congress 2021 were driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are other factors that will continue to be important for future Congresses long after the pandemic fades into history.

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The 55th CMOS Congress Update: Online from Victoria, BC

Climate Change Risk Resilience Response, 31 May – 11 June

Congress 2021 will be presented online from May 31 to June 11, 2021. To facilitate sharing “live” presentations across the five time zones within Canada, the core scientific program activities will be provided from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern Time (8:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time) each day. A Welcome Session for each day will start at 11:00 AM and on some days special events, involving networking and social interactions will continue until 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

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Black History Month for the Sciences

On May 25, 2020, Amy Cooper—a white Canadian woman—called the police on Christan Cooper—a black birdwatcher—after he asked her to leash her dog in an on-leash part of Central Park, New York City. From this incident rose Black Birders Week, an event organized by BlackAFinSTEM with the goal of increasing the viability of Black scientists in natural sciences and of highlighting the unique challenges and dangers faced by Black folks participating in outdoor activities.

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Greetings from the new Bulletin editor

Thank you, CMOS Bulletin readers, for welcoming me as the new editor of the Bulletin! As I’m sitting at my home in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal watching the snow fall, I’m able to reflect on how, in a year that been full of chaos, the topics that we work on—weather, climatology, hydrology, oceans—continue to be more important than ever.

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CMOS Call for Awards Nominations

Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) AWARDS Nominations Deadline: Feb 15.

February 15th is the deadline for nominations for the CMOS Prizes and Awards. It may seem far away, but it always seems to arrive faster than we thought.

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In Memoriam: Terry J. Gillespie,
January 5, 1941 – December 2, 2018

Dr. Terry Gillespie, Professor Emeritus University of Guelph, passed away suddenly on December 2, 2018 following a brief illness. Terry was a well-known educator and researcher, who specialized in micrometeorology. He was a long-standing member of CMOS and was awarded the Dr. Andrew Thomson Prize in Applied Meteorology in 2006.

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