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> META: Should we have generic cold and hot weather threads?
knorthern_knight
post Jan 2 2018, 12:12 AM
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It's relatively easy to define synoptic storm systems. They have distinct low pressure centres and precipitation areas and they move through a limited area in a few days. The current cold outbreak is different. It's countrywide, and long-lasting depending on where you are in Canada. There'll be a break for southern Ontario in a few days. But Manitoba, central+northern Ontario, and Quebec will still see the same outbreak continuing. Is it considered 2 cold snaps (southern Ontario) or 1 cold snap (most of the rest of Canada)?

I propose more generic threads to address this problem of defining cold (and hot) outbreaks; e.g.

"Cold Wx Winter 2017-2018" and "Heat Waves 2018"

I remember a few hot early Junes, not to mention late March, April, May, and even early October. That's why I'm not sticking the word "Summer" in the proposed title. Comments?
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post Jan 2 2018, 06:44 AM
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QUOTE(knorthern_knight @ Jan 2 2018, 12:12 AM) *
It's relatively easy to define synoptic storm systems. They have distinct low pressure centres and precipitation areas and they move through a limited area in a few days. The current cold outbreak is different. It's countrywide, and long-lasting depending on where you are in Canada. There'll be a break for southern Ontario in a few days. But Manitoba, central+northern Ontario, and Quebec will still see the same outbreak continuing. Is it considered 2 cold snaps (southern Ontario) or 1 cold snap (most of the rest of Canada)?

I propose more generic threads to address this problem of defining cold (and hot) outbreaks; e.g.

"Cold Wx Winter 2017-2018" and "Heat Waves 2018"

I remember a few hot early Junes, not to mention late March, April, May, and even early October. That's why I'm not sticking the word "Summer" in the proposed title. Comments?


I see what you are saying, but there is a chance that unique events will get lost in the noise. It depends whether we want to be able to go back later and look at threads about specific hot or cold events or not. Personally I don't go back, but some might.
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post Jan 2 2018, 09:56 AM
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QUOTE(knorthern_knight @ Jan 2 2018, 12:12 AM) *
It's relatively easy to define synoptic storm systems. They have distinct low pressure centres and precipitation areas and they move through a limited area in a few days. The current cold outbreak is different. It's countrywide, and long-lasting depending on where you are in Canada. There'll be a break for southern Ontario in a few days. But Manitoba, central+northern Ontario, and Quebec will still see the same outbreak continuing. Is it considered 2 cold snaps (southern Ontario) or 1 cold snap (most of the rest of Canada)?

I propose more generic threads to address this problem of defining cold (and hot) outbreaks; e.g.

"Cold Wx Winter 2017-2018" and "Heat Waves 2018"

I remember a few hot early Junes, not to mention late March, April, May, and even early October. That's why I'm not sticking the word "Summer" in the proposed title. Comments?

You make a great point I think cold and heat can be seasonal in my opinion.
Storm threats perhaps could be individual which would make sense. That being said, it would be fair if the treat fails us or becomes a miss on the models it shouldn't be a big deal, sharing info is great sometimes we win, many we lose smile.gif

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