The basis of the viewer is that you can look at historical climate trends using metrological data. Can track weather patterns back to 1901. In 1901, Alberta had 10 stations, and now over 500 metrological stations across Alberta, collecting hourly data, which is how the information is gathered.
Ralph has managed Agriculture Forestry and Rural Economic Development’s (AFRED) meteorological network since 2003. Over the past 19 years his group has installed over 190 new weather stations across the agricultural areas in the province. To ensure the integrity and accessibility of this data, they have built a robust data quality control system along with a public-facing website that serves both historical and near real-time weather data products and services to Albertans. Much of this work centred on the task of assembling all of Alberta’s meteorological data back as far as 1885.
Ralph has M.Sc. in soil physics from the University of Manitoba and a diploma in Watershed Management from Lethbridge Community College. He has worked extensively with meteorological data since 1993, producing several computer models, as well as many other products and services offered on AFRED’s Alberta Climate Information Service (ACIS) found at www.weatherdata.ca or on the weather data viewer: https://acis.alberta.ca/weather-data-viewer.jsp.
- A look at normal monthly precipitation patterns 1990-2021 An overview of the 2022 growing season 2021 put into perspective back to 1902 Edmonton and Calgary yearly precipitation patterns and trends from 1885 to 2021 Maximum 60-day precipitation accumulations 1961 – 2018
- Web demo:
a. Explore weather station data and dozens of derivatives up to the last hour from more than 450 stations across the province
b. How to get historical data for the township you live in back to 1961 and review trends and patterns
c. Where to find maps that describe climate and weather
d. Real-time radar and storm tracking
e. Mobile website putting weather data and forecasts in the palm of your hand
f. Access and explore 30-year climate averages trends and patterns
g. Access and explore yearly climate averages trends and patterns