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by G. Kaye
(Millbrook, Ont)

The lovely town of Millbrook

The lovely town of Millbrook

I object seriously to you calling the Peterborough forecast - "Lakefield". I live in Millbrook 12 km sw of the airport. It is 5 or 6 into Pererborough and over 40 to Lakefield. All I can think of is that someone on your staff has a connection with Lakefield and decided to please the few people living there and displease the tens of thousands living in Peterborough and surrounding area. The sooner you change back to "Peterborough" the better

Barry's Response - I had a look at the climate data on the Environment Canada website, the most credible source. The Peterborough Airport observations come from 44deg 14min North and 78deg 22min West, which is near the airport while those laballed "Lakefield" have these coordinates: 44deg 28min North and 78deg 14min West. They are rounded to the nearest minute.

Perhaps the observations you see are from their actual respective locations. When I entered the values into Google Maps, the indicator identified spots near the two towns.

There appears to be something unusual happening with the weather reporting system in that vicinity. Even weatherspark.com draws climate data from Peterborough when Lakefield is entered and then from some place called Hastings Highlands when either Millbrook or Peterborough is entered. There must be some confusion over the definition of these geographical names.

I hope somebody figures it all out at the Weather Network or elsewhere and is able to make us understand.

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