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UWinnipeg’s Weather Station

e-dition - Oct. 6, 2006

UWinnipeg’s Weather Station is located on the roof of Lockhart Hall providing up-to-the-minute data on our weather conditions.

UWinnipeg’s Online Weather Station:

Cool New Teaching Tool

By Dr. Danny Blair, Geography Professor

The University of Winnipeg now boasts its own online weather station giving students—and weather-watchers everywhere—up-to-the-minute data about Winnipeg’s weather conditions.

Danny Blair, Director of the Global College Climate Studies Institute and PARC-MB Hydro Climate Change Research Professor, and summer research assistant Katie Hastings, a fourth year Geography (Honours) student, installed the new weather station on the roof of Lockhart Hall in August 2006.

The new station— funded through the President’s Innovative Projects Fund and the Geography Department—continuously measures Winnipeg’s temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, and sunshine conditions. It displays this information on a hallway monitor located on the 5th Floor, Lockhart Hall.

Access the New Weather Station

You can also view current weather conditions, and see exactly what the weather station is monitoring, by visiting the station’s website: http://weatherstation.uwinnipeg.ca

Weather observations are archived every minute and are accessible on the website, as are monthly summaries.

Blair is excited by the opportunities presented by the station. “It gives us an opportunity to show our students, in real-time and with local data, that the weather really does operate in the ways explained in textbooks.” For example, the website graphics clearly show that atmospheric pressure goes up and down in association with high and low pressure systems moving across the region. It also demonstrates the impact of passing clouds on localized sunshine and temperature conditions, over very short time periods (minutes).

“The data stored by the station will undoubtedly show up in our lab assignments, to demonstrate how and why weather varies minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day, not to mention throughout the year,” Blair says.

Weather Fanatics Celebrate

The station will also be useful to others. “Thunderstorms often produce very localized rainfall amounts; this station, in conjunction with similar stations scattered throughout the city, will help us produce more detailed maps of rainfall patterns from individual storms, especially those that result in stormwater flooding,” he says.

However, Blair confesses that he and many other weather fanatics at The University of Winnipeg are enthusiastic about the weather station beyond its important teaching and research applications. “It’s surprisingly and perhaps embarrassingly satisfying to watch the minute-by-minute weather conditions from the comfort of my couch or office, especially during storms,” he notes.

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