Harper government to invest in better weather infrastructure
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:56 PM - On Thursday, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced that the Harper government is planning a "major investment" that will help improve weather forecasts and warnings in Canada.
The government plans to invest $134 million in Environment Canada. This will allow the organization to upgrade its monitoring networks and make improvements to its forecast systems.
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"As Canadians know all too well, weather forecasting is not just about trying to determine whether to bring an umbrella to work. It is about how we travel, work, play, build our homes, and conduct business. Today's announcement will help Canadians better plan their activities," Joan Crockatt, a Member of Parliament for Calgary, said in a press release.
Environment Canada issues an average of 1.5 million public forecasts, 15,000 severe weather warnings 500,000 aviation forecasts and 200,000 marine, ice and sea-state forecasts each year.
The agency says the investment will allow Environment Canada to communicate more accurate weather warnings, and with more lead time.