A change in the weather? Environment Canada website gets an update

Wednesday, 02 July 2008
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Environment Canada Logo Environment Canada updated their website recently as well as made some adjustments to the way they read the marine forecast over VHF radios...
Environment Canada LogoEnvironment Canada updated their website recently as well as made some adjustments to the way they read the marine forecast over VHF radios.

Updated website
When you go over to Environment Canada's marine forecast website, you will see a change in the way that they display the information to you. The layout of the data in the main content area is much cleaner and easier to navigate.

To keep the wealth of data simple to process, they separated everything out into 4 major sections. The sections are, "Winds", "Waves", "Weather and Visibility" and a brand new section called "Extended Forecast".

The Extended Forecast section is a brand new area for marine weather here in Canada. Before this, Environment Canada would only provide an outlook for the next 24 hours. If you wanted to see what is going on over the next couple of days, you had to flip over to the land forecast. Now they provide a very general outlook for the next three days which is a nice change.

Updated Marine Weather
I haven't confirmed it with my own ears but a friend brought to my attention today that they are now reading the weather over VHF radio slightly different with the major change being the addition of the extended forecast section that we discussed above.

Again, I haven't heard it yet, but reading the marine weather text version, I can see the minor adjustments in the way that it is read over the air and it seems to flow a little bit better.

More info: weatheroffice.gc.ca

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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