About Jim

Jim Abraham, Meteorologist.

Spent 36 years with Environment Canada, working in Halifax and Greenwood NS, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Whitehorse. Much of my career was in senior management positions responsible for weather services, weather research, and environmental monitoring.

Responsible for setting up the Canadian Hurricane Centre, and the hurricane research program in Canada that involved flights into these storms. This groundbreaking research was widely recognized, and in 2002, was presented with the Patterson Medal, the most prestigious prize in meteorology in Canada.

Transitioned from tropical hazards to being Canada’s lead for weather, water and climate observing activities in the Arctic; and represented Canada on the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Polar Panel and Global Cryosphere Watch.

Subsequent to retirement, was presented with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to public service in Canada.

Now active in a variety of weather, climate and hydrological related activities, especially promoting community resilience to weather and climate extremes. Speak frequently to community groups, the insurance industry, and scientific gatherings. A volunteer Board Member of the Canadian Climate Forum, and Chapter President with the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.  Partner with Climaction Services and part-time CBC Meteorologist.

This Blog:

After having witnessed unprecedented advances in the science and technology of meteorology, Social Media now provides a wonderful opportunity to share  information with the public to enable more informed planning and decision-making; hence the creation of this weather blog.

The daily tweets (https://twitter.com/YHZweatherguy) intend on summarizing the most relevant, interesting, or threatening aspect of the current weather situation.   This newly created blog provides an opportunity to add additional detail, as well as some education on weather science or stories of public interest.

I hope that this blog will enabling you to better understand weather-related phenomena, better interpret available information, and ultimately better able to make decisions to protect yourself, your family and your property.

I welcome your questions and suggestions.

Jim Abraham

 

My first hurricane flight: "Ophelia"

My first hurricane flight: “Ophelia”

The picture on my Twitter account is exiting the NOAA Hurricane Hunter “Kermit” after having flown into Hurricane “Ophelia” near Nova Scotia in 2005.  The flight was terminated a bit early after the shutdown of two engines. Luckily, the P-3 aircraft has 4 engines :-)

7 Comments

  1. I used to work for Oakfield GCC and now I am at The Lakes Golf Club in Cape Breton. I am looking at removing snow from my greens to expose the ice layer underneath to help it melt faster. I am looking for some insight regarding the long range forecast and temperature trends. I don’t want to remove snow unless we are going to stay above 0 degrees C. Some detailed insight into the long range forecast would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Matt

  2. Hi Jim
    check out the following.

    http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2016-08-07/article-4609103/Tornado-watch-ended-for-CBRM/1

    we had a couple of very weak trw– and asstd rw– btwn 4-6 pm.
    but nothing to indicaye any sig svr potential

    John

  3. Since July 11, there has been little to no rain in Halifax. I have lived here 35 years and do not remember such a prolonged dry spell. Please tell us WHAT is causing this blockage of the usual weekly rain pattern and WHEN we are likely to see some decent rain (not hurricanes) that will restore the now severe water deficit produced by the combined low precipitation and unusually high temperatures. We are in a drought here in Halifax (and much of NS)…why do we not talk about that , its causes and likely relief instead of just going on about nice sunshine for August and new for September?

    • Thanks for your comment. Indeed, the August statistics I just published confirm your concern, Dr Mudie. The USA has been experiencing these extreme patterns of drought and flood, and we are not used to it in Atlantic Canada. These patterns are consistent with the impact of our warmer climate. Unfortunately, I do fear that the drought may be broken with some flooding, perhaps from tropical moisture this month or next.

  4. Perhaps you can help me understand something.I have been following and interested in weather for years, and now follow a number of models and selected bloggers and experts including yourself. I know EC probably has the best equipment and experts in the world. I also know forecasts are just that and also the challenge of forecasting our bomb producing ocean coast and other such challenges. However although there are continual efforts to communicate better to the public it is getting worse, especially given the frequency of extreme events. There is a chronic problem of underforecasting which is at best inconvenient and at worst dangerous. The incremental ugrading of warning very close to conditions is useless, forecasters should make the call on what could kill people and destroy property and caveat if necessary. It is easier to understand what might happen by checking the bloggers or looking at the models. Juan was underforecasted,white Juan was underforecasted as well as a number of tropical events. Yes we got storms and we’re warned but not to the degree required, similarly the special weather statements going to periods of snow, heavy snowfall warning and then blizzard warning in a few hours is not much good when you are driving though it stuck on the road. If you check in other sources you can pretty much tell what the worst might be well ahead of watching EC tiptoe to accuracy at the last minute. They know full well the probability is very high for extremes so they should make the call and take the heat if wrong. Last go in CB the remenent Matthew track loop had disappeared with a much more direct route to NS, not a mention, just a regular heavy rainfall warning. Granted the public is a hard target to advise and I expect there are labor management issues, but there has to effort to overcome the ignorance as things are only going to get worse with more and more property damage and people have to be educated rather then thinking climate change taxes will fix things any time soon. More and more people are tuning out to EC, hell I have people asking me what is really going to happen on upcoming events. Anyway I doubt you can bite the hand , but the official publicly paid for authority is not really the best source anymore you really want to know what could happen well ahead of time. People should be demanding better, now they are selling sandbags in CB and the media is acting like we should be building an Ark, no need this time, but there was last time, problem is, they weren’t advised in time……

    • You raise some important challenges for all weather services.

      1. They are all working on better forecasting impacts. The US National Weather Service has adopted their “Weather Ready Nation” initiative. Another aspect is probabilities of extreme or high-impact events. The European Weather Centre has developed unique products as a result of some extreme flooding and wind events that caught the public off-guard.
      2. Weather Services, being government agencies, are trying to find a suitable way to use social media as part of their communications strategy. This is a regular topic in international gatherings of experts.

      EC is working with other agencies to address some of the challenges you have identified. It’s important, as you have stated.

      thanks
      Jim

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