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Cool but not cold

by sandra
(newcastle, NSW, Australia)

Definitely cold here!

Definitely cold here!

I have experienced cold, but not the true, bone-deep, cold of a Canadian winter. I lived on a boat in London for a year, and although people always say "that sounds really great", it was only great some of the time.

In summer it was warm, but not too bad. Being right on the water meant that any breeze cooled the air . In winter, the paucity of insulation really kicked in. When the thermometer dropped below freezing, two doonas and a sleeping bag was barely enough!

It was at times like that that I could have used some weather reports similar to those described in the article - if I knew ahead of time how cold the night was going to be, I could turn up the heater in preparation. One night it snowed and the water on the pier formed black ice - I almost fell in the Thames when I stepped on it!

I like your article, it explains the technical terms pretty well, but the writing seems a little stilted. Is English your first language?

I would be interested to hear how the information provided by weather stations is used by air-controllers - how do they interpret the information so as to be able to give advisories to aircraft? Or are pilots alwasy given the information directly? Are generalised warnings issued by control towers if there are specific hazards in their area?

Barry's Response - That would be a chilly place to spend the winter for sure. Come to Canada for the real experience. Thanks, Sandra.

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For those wondering...
by: Barry

The original article referred to by all comments on this page is located at https://www.stuffintheair.com/weatherstations.html

by: Harun

Well I feel that it is all about personal comfort and nothing but that. Most people think of it differently and thus have typecast it as something that should not be done and so on. Just avoid that completely and move on.

by: Raven

The author mentions liking your article but finding it stilted. Which article is she referring to? Is this article a reply to something else on the sight?

I would prefer to read something more detailed and clear.

Off Point
by: Vicky

This article seemed to have little to do with either the photo or the title, and by the end, I was unsure of what the point was meant to be. Much of what she said was stating the obvious and gave no real insight into specific climate challenges of living on the water in London.
The website, stuffintheair.com, offers an interesting way to explore more about weather, how it affects our daily lives, and the ways our daily lives affect the climate. I would like to be able to find honest and non-politicized information on global warming on this website, along with ways we as individuals can be kinder to the Earth.

No Response?
by: Nichole

This page seems a little disjointed. I'd like to see a response to these thought provoking questions about weather stations. I would explore this site some more, as I'm a teacher, and I love to teach weather! Please post a response to the questions in this article.
If I were to search this site, I would like to find some good weather videos and simple explanations of weather phenomena. I recently taught a group of eighth graders about weather, and I was shocked by how hard it was to find good visuals of weather events online!
Good luck with your revisions :)

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