The Weather Forecast Research Team: A Nexus of Operational Weather Forecasting and Research in Western Canada

– By Julia Jeworrek, Dr. Rosie Howard and Prof. Roland B. Stull –

Foundations

In 1995, the Weather Forecast Research Team (WFRT) [1] was formed by Prof. Roland Stull at UBC with four Ph.D. students. Living in the complex mountainous and coastal terrain of British Columbia (BC; Fig. 1a), Prof. Stull witnessed the challenges involved in making accurate forecasts for western Canada.

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CoCoRaHS Precipitation Network

– By Rick Fleetwood –

CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow) is a volunteer network of mostly community members and organizations (e.g. watershed groups, conservation authorities, agriculture organizations, etc.) that measure and report precipitation daily through the CoCoRaHS website or Smartphone App.

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Weather and Situation Awareness in Aviation

– By Hyun Su Seong –

Introduction

Pilots in general or commercial aviation rely on accurate weather forecasts to avoid dangerous cell activities during instrument meteorological conditions. Pilots use several weather products to make decisions for their pre-flight activities and in-flight.

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Advice for Aspiring Meteorologists

– By Christopher Poitras –

I was fortunate enough to organize and moderate an amazing webinar that enabled students with a meteorology interest and early-career meteorologists to learn and chat with some of the best professionals in the field!

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Fog over Sable Island

– By Li Cheng, Zheqi Chen, Peter Taylor, Yongsheng Chen and George Isaac –

Introduction

Marine fog occurs frequently offshore from Atlantic Canada. It can cause problems for helicopter flights to offshore worker from Newfoundland and any flights to the National Park on Sable Island, Nova Scotia as well as in many coastal communities along the East Coast.

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2020 Eastern Canada Seasonal and Total Precipitation Analysis

– By Richard Leduc, Ph.D., AirMet Science –

Daily precipitation data (mm, water equivalent) have become available by Environment and Climate Change Canada in the AHRDP/HRDPA (Analyse à haute résolution déterministe de précipitation / “High-resolution deterministic precipitation analysis”) system for the Canada ensemble at a 2.5km resolution.

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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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Feather Frost or Frost Flowers (Crystallofolia)

– By Douw Steyn, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. –

The attached photographs show an instance of the rare phenomenon of feather frost on a stick. There were instances of this kind of frost all over the forest floor, but only on sticks, logs and stumps, and apparently none on still-living plants.

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Canada’s Top Ten Weather Stories of 2020

– By David Phillips –

This article was first published by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Prologue 2020

Canada is warming at nearly twice the global rate with parts of western and northern Canada warming three or four times the global average. Sea ice in the North is thinning and shrinking, and our unique ice shelves are crumbling into pieces. While Canada is still the snowiest country, less snow is falling across the south. White Christmases’ are less frequent and less white.

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