This isn’t breaking news, nor will it happen right away. But it’s sure timely, as everyone is feeling the weather right now and trying to find ways to describe just how cold it is out there.
As reported by various news outlets in Canada, Environment Canada plans to revise the current warnings meant to protect against frostbite or worse. CBC quoted Blair Morrow, an Environment Canada meteorologist who is working on the changes:
Morrow said when the new system is introduced, perhaps as early as in 2014, Canadians will no longer see separate wind chill warnings in Environment Canada forecasts or on its website.
Wind chill and cold temperatures will be included together in the Extreme Cold Warnings.
“When the program is implemented, the new Extreme Cold Warning will be issued in situations of cold temperature and light winds to allow Canadians to take necessary steps to protect their health.”
I enjoyed the way the Toronto Star framed the topic:
Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips said about 100 people die of cold-related causes each year. Many more suffer from frostbite and less serious frostnip.
This happens despite the fact that detailed weather forecasts and information are more readily available than ever before.
Phillips said one only has to watch motorists drive during the first snowstorm of the season and see how people dress during the first bad cold snap to realize many Canadians forget they live in the second-coldest country in the world after Russia.
“Educating Canadians about the weather could go on forever,” Phillips said.
Ain’t that the truth!