First-ever Weather and Water Project WET Workshop

– By CWRA Project WET Canada –

The first joint CWRA Project WET Canada and Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) activity was a one-day workshop cohosted for the Association of Science Teachers Conference in Halifax in October 2021. The Project WET 2.0 workshop was led by Lizabeth Nicholls and Maxine Koskie from CWRA Project WET with involvement from three CMOS National Executive and Council members who live in Halifax: Jim Abraham, Serge Desjardins, and Aldona Wiacek.

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Declining numbers of stations and automation of surface snow depth observations pose important challenges for applications requiring long term consistent surface snow depth information over Canada

– By Ross D. Brown –

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) snow depth observing stations represent the primary surface snow depth observing network in Canada, providing real-time input on surface snow cover conditions that contributes to increased skill and reduced air temperature biases in forecast models.

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A field laboratory class from home to study snow characteristics

– By Julie Mireille Thériault, Émilie Gauthier, Mathieu Lachapelle and René Laprise –

Learning atmospheric sciences

A degree in atmospheric sciences can lead to a variety of professions such as weather forecaster, climate analyst, field measurement specialist or a career in communications.

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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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