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Being Your Own Weatherperson…Forecasting Weather from Nature: Summary

On Wednesday March 17, 2021 David Phillips Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada gave a truly wonderful presentation on the weather.
The presentation was rife with amazing photos.
He started off by talking about how people have developed systems to try to predict the weather – or weather lore. It then moved on to:
• Common weather sayings and where they come from;
• Seasonal weather lore and its attempt to predict the oncoming season;
• Key date or anniversary weather lore;
• Weather myths;
• Canadian weather folklore;
• How we can use current observations of the weather to get a sense of what is to come; and
• A list of weather apps and websites.
Mention was made of Weatheradio. Receivers are available from most electronics sites, Amazon, etc. Best to check Weatheradio Canada  to find location of transmitters.

 

References

Here are some links to sites that were mentioned during the presentation.
WeatherCAN – free app featuring current weather conditions, hourly and 7-day forecast for 10,000 locations; includes high-resolution radar animation; and push notification for weather alerts.
Twitter – I am not a Twitter guy but my understanding is that the weather office in Ontario is connected to @ECCCWeatherON. We also monitor the following hash tags at the Ontario Severe Storm Weather Centre: #ONstorm and #ONWx
www.LightningMaps.org is a great site for past 10 minute lightning strikes. Just input your postal code or near city/town.
www.wunderground.com this site is popular and features interactive radar, satellite imagery and crowd-sourced information for the region in question.
www.Windy.com I like this site for forecast wind conditions out to nine days at both surface and upper air.

A couple of other sites which I have never used but are recommended:
WeatherBug;
Storm – for Apple users; and
Radarscope.