Environment Canada

Environment Canada

March 23, 2010 10:00 ET

Environment Canada Celebrates World Meteorological Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, has released the following statement in celebration of World Meteorological Day:

"As Minister of the Environment, I am pleased to celebrate World Meteorological Day along with World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and its partners, including Environment Canada. This year's WMO theme of '60 years of service for your safety and well-being' reminds us of how important reliable, accurate weather information is in helping Canadians and our international partners better anticipate and prepare for future weather conditions.

"Weather has shaped our history, our economy, and our very character as Canadians. Whether you're planning emergency response, pouring concrete to build new infrastructure, navigating a ship through icy waters, planning an outdoor festival, or just deciding how to dress your children for recess today, there is hardly any aspect of Canada's industry or society that is not in some way affected by weather. Environment Canada responds to that need by providing forecasts and hourly updates of current conditions from coast to coast to coast, through our media partners, our automated telephone service, through Weatheradio, or through the 1,000,000 users who access weather information on our web site every day. 

"After over a century of operations, Environment Canada's Meteorological Service of Canada is home to some of the best weather forecasting and climate experts in the world. And indeed, the world looks to Canada to lead the way with advanced research and state-of-the-art forecasting equipment that are models for our fellow meteorological partners around the globe.

"This expertise was recently showcased in Environment Canada's important role as the official weather service provider in 2010 Winter Olympic Games. For example, our meteorologists and scientists provided 'nowcasts' –forecasts narrowed down to hours—to Games officials, emergency and security services, athletes and spectators, allowing them to make critical decisions about Games activities. This was the first time that nowcasting was done for a Winter Olympic Games and VANOC found it extremely valuable, giving them precise windows of time to stage alpine competitions therefore ensuring safety and security of the athletes.

"It is in this context of safety and well being that Canadians displayed an outpouring of generosity for the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti in January. Canada has been at the forefront in helping Haiti rebuild. Through the WMO my Department has been working closely with the Haitian National Meteorological Centre and other international partners to provide meteorological support and help rebuild the Haitian meteorological service. We will work hard to ensure that they are equipped with the capacities and expertise they need, as Haiti prepares for the upcoming rainy and hurricane seasons. 

 "Since 1871, Canada's meteorological service, through advances in science and technology, has been working hard to improve our ability to forecast and provide the best possible service to Canadians. We are proud to work with the WMO to help advance research and improve weather forecasting operations in Canada and around the world."

For more information on Environment Canada's latest weather information please visit: www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/.

For more information about the World Meteorological Organization, please visit: www.wmo.ch/wmd/.

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