Climate in the Age of Empire: Weather Observers in Colonial Canada

– Review by Richard Leduc, Ph.D., AirMet Science Inc., rleduc@airmetscience.com –

By Victoria C. Slonosky, Published by the American Meteorological Society, paperback, 288 pages, ISBN 9781944970208, $45.00

The material in this book is abundant. I have read many sections of the book and each is very detailed and contains many anecdotes, facts, and examples that supplement the topics covered and are tied to historical facts. Dr. J. F. Gaultier’s contribution to the early days of the colony is impressive, and Slonosky’s book shines in highlighting it, and the contribution of Smallwood, McCord and many others. The author also introduces the issue of climate change that preoccupied these pioneers,

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Verner Suomi – The life and work of the founder of satellite meteorology

– Review by Lewis Poulin –

By John M. Lewis, Published by the American Meteorological Society, paperback, 168 pages, ISBN 9781944970222, $30.00 (USD)

– “Processing satellite data is like taking a drink from a fire hose” – Verner Suomi –

I was looking forward to doing this review. I love biographies and I’m working now with GOES-16/17 data which has been made possible by Verner Suomi’s early work in satellite meteorology.

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Women in Meteorology in Canada: The Early Days

– By Rebecca Milo –

In 2017, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) celebrated its 50th anniversary. Spurred by that, CMOS decided to look back at the early days of women in meteorology. Their history is tied to the advancement of women in the workforce and their achievement of equal status in the workplace. With regard to gender equality in general, it was only the 1929 decision of the Judicial Council of Britain’s Privy Council, Canada’s highest court at the time, when women were legally recognized as “persons” under British common law.

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Canadian Weathercasters as Climate Change Communicators

– By Bronwyn McIlroy-Young, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, University of British Columbia –

Canadians are increasingly looking for information about how their community is being affected by climate change. New research reveals that TV weathercasters could be very effective at informing the public about what climate change is and how it is transforming local environments across Canada.

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Seasonal Outlook for the spring 2019 (MAM) based on the official CanSIPS forecast issued on the 28th Feb. 2019

– By M. Markovic, B. Merryfield, M. Alarie, Environment and Climate Change Canada –

Seasonal Outlook for spring 2019 (March, April, May) in Canada includes warmer temperatures in Eastern Canada and Northern Canada, and cooler ones across the central prairies and in to BC. There are currently weak El Niño conditions in the central equatorial Pacific that are forecast to persist throughout the spring 2019.

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The White Space Project: A Geographically Continuous Seasonal Forecast for North America

– By Marko Markovic1, Zeng-Zhen Hu2, Bertrand Denis1, Arun Kumar2 and Dave DeWitt2

(1) Environment and Climate Change Canada, Meteorological Service of Canada, 2121 Transcanada Highway, Dorval, Canada; (2) Climate Prediction Center, NOAA/NWS/NCEP, College Park, Maryland, USA.

The CanSIPS-CFSv2 seasonal forecast, or “The White Space Project,” is a joint effort by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to deliver a geographically continuous seasonal forecast over the North American continent.

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