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.
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.
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
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