Climate Data Services from the Meteorological Service of Canada

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Monday, 5 January 2015
Katrina Tiongson, MSC, Toronto, ON, Canada; and T. Ralph-Coffey and J. Morales

The demand for National Climate Services has increased dramatically in recent years. As more specialized clients emerge, the need for a greater level of knowledge and information is required. To keep up with the demand and evolving clientele, the Meteorological Service of Canada continues to improve and enhance the relevance, visibility and availability of historical climate data and services to the public. This is achieved though the Climate website (http://climate.weather.gc.ca/) which is the main channel that Environment Canada uses to provide access to historical climate data and related information. Recently, the development of the 1981 to 2010 Canadian Climate Normals was completed and published on the Climate website. The initial stages of development of the WMO required 1991 to 2020 Canadian Climate Normals are underway. An array of Climate and Engineering products are also available on the website. Customized requests often encompass bulk extractions and manipulation of historical climate data, as well as general consultation and support of MSC data. Popular engineering services requests often include the provision of site-specific climatic design data, including ground snow and rain loads, hourly wind pressures and all building code parameters. This poster reviews the data resources which are presently accessible and highlights the products and services that are available by request.