PORT PERRY, ON – November 14, 2016 – A new weather monitoring gauge station has been established in Port Perry, which will provide critical weather and climate data for the urban community. The project is a collaborative partnership between Kawartha Conservation, Region of Durham and the Township of Scugog.
The Port Perry weather monitoring station will enhance the existing weather monitoring network across the Kawartha Conservation watershed that includes real-time precipitation gauges at Indian Point Provincial Park near Coboconk, Ken Reid Conservation Area in Lindsay and a number of additional locations across the watershed.
“The new weather monitoring station in Port Perry will provide important data every 15 minutes,” explained Watershed Resources Technician Rob Stavinga. “We will have access to real time information ranging from air temperature and humidity to precipitation.”
The need for a monitoring station became more critical after Environment Canada removed their station in Blackstock after more than 20 years.
“Having access to real-time weather and climate data across the watershed allows us to track, predict and understand impacts throughout our watershed based on weather events,” said Kawartha Conservation hydrologist Iryna Shulyarenko. “The new weather station is an important tool in helping us better understand what is happening throughout the entire watershed.”
Ms. Shulyarenko said the addition of the Port Perry monitoring station will enhance Kawartha Conservation’s flood forecasting ability as well as recognizing and addressing low water level conditions.
“Having monitoring stations throughout the watershed provides information on spatial variation of the weather parameters and provides a key tool in helping us develop more accurate flood forecasts, among other things,” she said.
Looking at the long-term perspective, the collected data will help staff understand changes in local climate and how those changes will impact the local ecosystem and communities across the watershed. The data provided by the monitoring station will be used by both Kawartha Conservation and the Region of Durham.