23 March 2016

World Meteorological Day

Wednesday 23 March is set aside as World Meteorological Day under the leadership of the World Meteological Organization.

This year the theme is Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the future. A recent UN report found that worldwide, over the last twenty years, 90% of major disasters have been weather-related.

I won't have time for more than a very brief mention of climate change in my talk to Gene-O-Rama on 2 April. There are too many other interesting aspects to Ottawa's weather history.

Has Ottawa's climate changed? At the Central Experimental Farm it’s clearly warmer, wetter, and with less snow now than when observations were first taken in 1889.

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