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Thursday, 30 August 2018 09:32

New MNRF partnership will help bridge important weather data gap

EmilyPPWeatherStationAugust 30, 2018 – A new partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will enhance weather monitoring in the eastern portion of the Kawartha watershed, filling a gap in precipitation data.

Kawartha Conservation, in conjunction with MNRF has installed a new weather monitoring gauge station in Emily Provincial Park, which will provide critical weather and climate data for the eastern most portion of the watershed.  

The Emily Provincial Park 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, Port Perry, Ken Reid Conservation Area in Lindsay and a number of additional locations across the watershed.
“The new weather monitoring station in Emily Provincial Park will provide important real time precipitation data,” explained Kawartha Conservation hydrologist Iryna Shulyarenko. “We will have access to real time information ranging from air temperature and humidity to precipitation and snow depth.

“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,” added Ms. 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 Emily Provincial Park monitoring station will enhance Kawartha Conservation’s flood forecasting ability as well as recognizing and addressing low water level conditions.

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 Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.