Weather Observing



B.C. heat wave shatters Canadian record for highest temperature ever recorded    Lytton’s official high temperature today June 27, 2021 is 46.6 C. Lytton BC now holds the record for Canada’s all time maximum high. The previous record was 45.0 C set on July 5, 1937 at Yellow Grass, and Midale, SK.


Rare ice data collected by early ‘citizen scientists’ confirms warming   …the study found that from 1443 to 1683, Lake Suwa’s [Japan] annual freeze date was moving almost imperceptibly to later in the year — at a rate of 0.19 days per decade. From the start of the Industrial Revolution, however, that trend grew 24 times faster, pushing the lake’s “ice on” date back 4.6 days per decade.


Weather, Climate, & Atmospheric Pollution

Weather observing is an excellent science activity for learning about the world around us.  It also leads to greater awareness and understanding of the world much farther away.  Even young children can enjoy this activity. 

The tools and methods used are simple enough that almost anyone can use them.  A number of the tools can easily be made at home.  The records produced can be valuable for weather research today as well as in the future.

An Atlas contains a wealth of information about climates around the world.  A close examination of maps of physical features and air flows will reveal why regions have varying types of climates.   Analyzing and interpreting geographical information in this way is a good exercise for developing reasoning skills.

We are all affected by the weather, every day.  We all talk about the weather, every day.

What do we really understand about the weather, today?


Sky Observation Record Sheet

Cloud Types & Water Cycle

Weather Observation Symbols


130 Degrees: Death Valley Sees What Could Be Record Heat (17.08.2020)

1,000 Year History of Typhoon Landfalls in Guangdong

Aerosol and Air Quality Research:  Sub-Micron Particle Concentration

Aircraft Study of Mountain Chimney Effect of Beijing, China

Air Pollution and Environmental Impact Assessment

Air Pollution:  Environmental Problems of Northern Eurasia

Air Pollution Sampling and Analysis:  Laboratory Manual

Air Pollution Training Institute

Arviat Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Atlas of Canada

Billy Barr’s research in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is a boon to climate change scientists

Beaufort Wind Force Scale

Bureau of Meteorology (Australia)

Canada’s Wind Chill Index

Canadian Wildland Fire Information System (CWFIS)

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Changes in Rainfall and Flood Events in India, 1901 – 2005

Climate Change:  Open Educational Resources

Climate Change and Cherry Tree Blossom Festivals in Japan

Climate Change:  Lessons from the Past

Climate, Ecology, and Infectious Diseases

Climate Near the Ground (Rudolf Geiger)

Climate of the Last Millenium

Climates, Oceans, and Paleo-Environments (COPE) Laboratory

Cloud Types & Water Cycle

Cold ‘Nuff Fer Ya?

Content Analysis for Agricultural Records in the UK, AD200 – 1977

Convection Currents and Weather

Discovery of Global Warming:  A History

Distributional Responses of North Atlantic Fish to Climate Change

Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan 

Extreme Weather, Climate and Natural Disasters in Ireland

Geographical Association

Global Atmospheric Watch:  Interactive Database

Global Change Research Program (US)

Global Climate Change:  Images

Global Climate Change:  National Security Implications

Global Sources of Local Pollution

Global Warming:  Man or Myth?

Global Wave Discovery Ends 220-Year Search (13.08.2020)

Guidelines for Ambient Air Quality Monitoring

Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution, 2007

Impact of Climate Change on Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes 

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Intercontinental Transport of Air Pollution

It’s Raining Men (The Weather Girls)

JetStream Online School for Weather

Lessons & Limits of Climate History

Make Your Own Weather Station

NASA Earth Science Office    

National Climate Data Center (NOAA Paleoclimatology)    

National Climate Data and Information Archive for Canada

Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

Pressure and Winds

Reanalysis of Historical Climate Data

Sky Observation Record Sheet

Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change

Structure and Properties of the Atmosphere

Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the Last 2,000 Years

Terra:  Earth Observing System

Threats to Canada’s Critical Infrastructure

Toba Volcano 4.   Aftermath:  Climate and Environment

Training Guide in Surface Weather Observations

Trends in Middle East Climate Extreme Indices from 1950 – 2003

Using Climate to Predict Disease Outbreaks

Weather and Meteorology

Weather, climate and hazards (Environment Canada)

Weather instruments tour (Environment Canada)

Weather Observing and Recording

Weather Observation Symbols

Weather Observations Website

World Climate Research Programme

World Meteorological Organization