Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monday's weather report from Halifax, Nova Scotia

Monday, 29 April 2013
Dalhousie Atmospheric Observatory
Location: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Time of measurement:  1200 local (ADT)
Temperature:  +14 C
Wind:  NNE 7 km/h
Sky: Beautifully clear above with some low clouds to the NE.

In the foreground is part of an instrument I use to monitor the composition of the atmosphere above Halifax!

Data collected by Jonathan Franklin on Monday, 29 April 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

Weather Report from Mrs. Sturrup's Grade 1 Students

Class: Mrs. Sturrup's Grade 1 Class
Location: Pickering College, Newmarket, Ontario
Time of measurement: 12:30 pm
Weather conditions: Breezy, clear, sunny with clouds, and cool.
Temperature: +13ᵒC

Data collected by Mrs. Sturrup's grade 1 students on Monday, April 29, 2013. 

Weather Report from CANDAC Toronto

CANDAC Scientists in Toronto
Location: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Time of measurement: 12:00 PM (noon)
Weather conditions: Cloudy, stratus clouds, 90% overcast
Temperature: +11.2C
Wind speed: 11.2 km/h from the East
Solar insolation value: 276 W/m

Data collected by Orfeo Colebatch on Monday, April 29, 2013.

Weather Report from Mrs. Furlan's Kindergarten Students

Class: Mrs. Alexis Furlan's JK/SK Class
Location: Pickering College, Newmarket, Ontario
Time of measurement: 11:30 am
Weather conditions: Breezy, clear and cloudy
Temperature: +13ᵒC

Data collected by Mrs. Furlan's kindergarten students on Monday, April 29, 2013. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Weather Report Please!

Please post your weather report for Monday, April 29 (tomorrow!) sometime this week. Please include the following or if you've got a camera handy, just take a picture of your observation page and post that instead!

Grades K-2
- teacher's name
- time of measurement
- weather conditions (sunny, sunny with clouds, cloudy, rainy or snowy)
- temperature (ᵒC)

Grades 2-4
- teacher's name
- time of measurement
- weather conditions (sunny, sunny with clouds, cloudy, rainy or snowy)
- temperature (ᵒC)
- wind speed (km/h)

Grades 5-7
- teacher's name
- time of measurement
- pyranometer measurement (mV)
- solar insolation value (W/m2)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Earth Day with Mrs. Demarco's Grade 2 Students and The Lorax!

The Grade 2 students were very excited to participate in Earth day activities. They read the story "The Lorax" and wrote about what they would do to help the Earth if they were the Lorax. The students wrote and shared some very thoughtful and Earth friendly ideas. I think the best part of the day for the students was making their own Lorax moustache and getting to wear it all day. 

Written by Sarah Demarco, Grade 2 Teacher at Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario.

 Photo credit: Sarah Demarco.

 Photo credit: Sarah Demarco.

Photo credit: Sarah Demarco.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Earth Day is Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day has been around for over 40 years! It's aim is to inspire people to learn more about Earth's changing environments and perform acts to service (e.g. planting trees, picking up trash, walking or biking to work, etc.) to Earth. 

Tell us (or show us with a photo) how you will celebrate Earth Day!!  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hello from Pickering College!

The Primary students at Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario are thrilled to be part of the CANDAC student researchers outreach programme again this year.  Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are taking daily weather, temperature and wind measurements.  We have had such a fluctuation in temperature this April that it makes our recordings both interesting and surprising, with lots to talk about!  These young students are engaged in what they are learning about the weather and enjoy collaborating on the project.

Written by Lisa Sturrup, Grade 1 Teacher at Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario.

Photo credit: Lisa Sturrup.

Photo credit: Lisa Sturrup.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

AES Students Under the Sun!

Over the past 2 weeks it's become a very common sight to observe a pair of students heading out under a clear blue sky to take some weather measurements and note their observations.  Observing the weather is nothing new to Inuit children.  Traditionally, it was the job of the kids to go out in the morning and check the weather.  
Our students are out recording the wind speed/direction, temperature, solar radiation and noting cloud formations on a daily basis.  They are quite excited about the process and many of the older students are out working cooperatively with their peers while some of the younger students are being assisted by their teacher.

Only a few months ago, the sun didn't rise above the horizon and in the not too distant future, it will be up 24 hours a day.  It will be interesting to see how much the radiation of the sun will increase as the sun rises higher into the sky.  We will also likely experience some high winds and storms in the coming month.

Above left are grade 7 students Sakku and Colleen using the Pyranometer to measure the sun's radiation, and the bottom photo is of grade 3 students who are out to measure the wind speed and direction.

We all look forward to the return of our CANDAC leaders Ashley, Niall and Mel near the end of May and are eager to share our findings and learn more about the Atmosphere.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Post a photo this week!

If you have got a camera handy, we would love to see a photo of your class using your instruments to make measurements! Here's one of Xiaoyi Zhao checking the sun tracker (located under the large, clear dome) on the roof of PEARL in Eureka, Nunavut.

Photo credit: Emily McCullough.