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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE IETHBR1DGE HERALD Tuelday, December 26, I97J Citr "man truckers Ry JIM MAYBIE Herald Stalf Writer "Should I cover my tomatcre "Should I pu' -y cat out to- "What's the '-rind going to be doiri2 lomorrrr.v morrujtg? I have to pull a mobile home to Edmonton." getting day. What's the weather going to be Those are among the routine questions :rc-m the public the Lelhbrid'is weather office tries to arevvXT every month. Weathorma.1 Ted Wilson, offi- cer in charge of the Lethbridge The Alberta Motor Associa- j on moon shots could be spent tion. radio and television station on weather stations and equip- and The Herald are regular merit, forecasts be much daily callers. more accurate, said Mr. Brides-io-tx? are constantly son. phoning, said Mr. Wilson, to de- j tn this area, there are e terrnme what the weather is I (her offices in Lethbridge, Pin- golng to be on their wedding cher Creek and Medicine Hat. day just for general satis- if ihere could also be weather faction or to d-icide on whether i offices at Taber, Fort Macleod, Saur- a reception should be held out- and Claresholrn, more doors or u.doors. accurate forecasts would result. Rural schools u-.J the city's Only lack of money pre- en public works department are more accurate forecasting, he extremely interested in snow- said, fall and temperature forecasts so they can prepare for any problems, Mothers phor.e up concerned about whether it's too cold for ment Canada, said the weather office staff answers more than 2.COO phor.e cau5 a month from the public. HIGH WINDS want [o kriovv what the wind is going to sx; doing. he said. Insurance companies. One time there was even lie ;X11U. for sample, irtil not pay dam- age claims tor a to-.ved mooue home if the wirxl is above a cer- tain speed. Cattle movers want to know if the animals will suffer Tne shorter the forecast time, the more accurate the forecast. Once you try forecasting be- yond three days, Mr. Wilson said, it becomes an exercise based on probabilities. Fore- casts for a six-hour period, on call from a person wno wonder-. fa hard are much more ed if the weather had anytmng to do with a load of pigs which i somebodv hones on v.-ere eating eacn other, said a Monday ,0 too.v >.i_-. the weather is eoing to be ROLE i like Saturday for some special Aside from the mountain of occasion, such as a picnic or ,the Lethbndge weather office plays we them what is the late-it date by which thev have to COMPUTERS TO RADIOSONDES Weather observers use latest equipment [settings for pilots are cakulat- Ground wind direction and speed readings ore taken. COMPUTER All this hourly information is Upper air stations measure entered in a book. It is punched j WJHJ direction and speed, tern- perature, pressure and humid- By JIM MAYBIE Herald StafI U'rilcr It was a dark windy night the !onc motorist approach- ed the city from Cardston. Traffic was light as he gazed to-.vard the airport on his left. Then he saw it. A tiny but bright light was approaching the highway. As it moved from left to right, or west to east, it rose skyward. It was not an aircraft. What was it? A UFO? As it turned out, it was a Lethbridge weather office ap- paratus. It would provide a lev.1 pieces of information, which, v.-ten compiled with millions of i reports from more than 3TXI other pieces of information, land stations in Canada that re- i' atological stations many of which are operations supplying basic climatological data and 34 upper air stations. DEVICES DRIFT in code on cards which are later forwarded to Toronto where the information is stored forever in a memory bank for immediate recall for future stu- j arid radios to broadcast the in- dies. The same information B 1 formation back to the station. sent out on teletype in code to I when the balloons pop, the ity at heights up to 60.000 or 100.COO feet by using balloons with special .wnsing devices the Toronto computer. communications I radios and measuring are lowered to the ground hy The Toronto communications parachute to prevent damage omt hrl computer pulls in the hourly provide a weather fore- cast for the Lethhridge area. WEATHER BALLOON The apparatus was a helium- injury to property, people animals, below. Tne Radiosonda devices, val- port the basic hourly inform a-1 at each, have been i known to drift for hundreds of tion. Within seconds the computer miles before landing. There is compiles the information and orre upr.er air station in WEATHER-MEASURING DEVICES Gerrard Langevin, filled weather balloon with a j returns the weather data from Plain, near "wet battery" and tiny tight i all Western Canada stations to Edmonton. bulb attached to the bottom, j the Lelhbridge weather office Some of the devices have The weather observers follow and other stations. been found around Lethbridge the light on the balloon with a j There are 50.000 miles of cir- j and returned to the local wea- Pilots check with the -.veath- j more accurate than one Mon er office before taking off to .day; Friday is more accurate l-rntr A Th.ir-Hiv i- -i- lr'e orl lne nauoon wiin a j nere are au.vuu mnes HI nr- and returned to the local wea- rcore' acraraS than mpMon3. 9 tne UtnDndSe hos telescope are able to cal-j coils to transport the data in ther office. It is generally con- IX Uic ciiUJiiciLa v, in amid uu (i winter trio to Le-hbrid-ze or L': be- ton pThursday and Saturday can a termir.e conditions before s: ping their animals, said Wilson. twcen Lethbridge and their des-: morning is more accurate than In the winter. C.S- V.'hile thing conditions .Friday afternoon." rarchers vill e-'en the may good m Lethbridge forecasts are pro- Lethbridse 'weather office w de- area- they could be headed for vided by the forecast office at storms and all sorts 01 trouole the Internationa! Airport in Ed- only 50 or Vft miles away. montcn. Tne Lethbridge weath- Knowing the weather is a life er office interprets the fore- Out of roofn? frms wd death situation for pilots, j casts, late developments and phone to determine wind axd j n so CTiacal that i updates the forecasts from Ed- weather conditions before send- j comrrmmcations or aerscio monton. ins a ere-'- :o to do to weather j L'nder certain conditions, a -job I office, broadcasts the arealEuch as a developing sno-.v- Construction firms, like con. i weather to pilots tmce an storm> the local weather office Crete are constantly in Weather for Lethondge, Med- Alerts school districts the K icine Hat, Calgary. and Cutbank is broadcast at 20 of instruments for guaging ccncJitions in the area ct his disposal. Among thsm ore helium-filied bcMcon, to is attached a tiny ligiit and --vet bcttsry, and a for measuring the cirnospheric pressure. culate v.-ind and direction Canada. I sidertd cheaper to buy new abryve the ground. j While the Toronto computer than repair used On a cloudless night calcula- is busy a similar computer in From the information the Tor- tions can be made up to 10.000 Washington is doing the same feet. On a cloudy night, t h e thing. The Canadian and U.S. height of the clouds can be cal- computers exchange all infor- onto communications computer spews out, the Edmonton wea- ther office is able to compile touch with the weather office. Special reports are Drepared nr for Canadiah Suaar Factories. the hour_ and 10 Weather conditions and temper- mmutes lhe nour 2' aturej are critical lo their 1 pireps, receive irnrr.ediate at- fed into the Canadian Western Natural Gas partiaUv bases its gas ex- ports on long-term forecasts for to Toronto and return- the area, said Mr. Wilson BRIDES CALL iond5- If it appears it's going to be j MORE ACCURACY warm for awhile, CWXG feels I While the weather s department prior to the storm's arrival. Tne Lethbridge weather of- fice, with its staff of four to six weather observers and briefing officers, is an important part of the nation's weather report- There are some SCO forecast- to weather stations n sec- i er5 -m Canada and between and employees in the Atmospheric Environment Ser- office vic-e. The service has an annual gaa exports to" sss'ae there is suf-; lions also assists the weather government in operates 21 ficlerit reser-.'e to meet local de-' with pireps. a day, 36o d-jys a year. Diands. i If the amount of mor.ey spent r The office has weather recordi Lethbridge dating back to Wfl. ''Th.e most difficult job of a culated when the light disap- mation and the Lethbridje wc-a- weather forecasts for all pc-ars. ther office gets the picture for berla centres. Forecasts for Tnese types of v.cather bal-j the western U.S. Ltthbridge come from the Ed- loons are sent up by weather Besides the land stations monton weather office via tele- stations around Uic world every in Canada, extending from six hours. In the daylight, the j coast to coast and from the) 'The local weather office also liar.t is not required. Arctic Islands to the U.S. bor- i recieves some 50 weather Tr.e LethbrirJge weather of- the Ataxspneric Environ- charts a day on wire photo fice also sends up several smai- I ment _ Service of_ Environment j m3Chine showing ail kinds of balloons during the day to Canada also gathers informa- chec'rt vertide visibilities and; tion from 170 ships, clim- FEED INDUSTRY CAREER OPPORTUNITY isrvicing liveircc'< f.-cinlng nrA lalei Fzr funr.er c'erclU cpply f.n i-cri ard present ccc'jpsficn )C: H. J. HOIOBOFF, MASTER FSEDS, Oiviilon cl MAPIE IEAF MILLS LIMITED, 1505 S.E Alberta, T2G 1K1 said Mr. Wilson, n fnrtii "is predicting a system that IJ.U11 develops rigrit above you." Ex- amples were the March 1572 storm which dropped 19.2 inches of sr.ow an Lethbridge ar.d the April 25 to May !0, 1067 storms which dropped 60 to inches of snov; on the dis- trict. "Trffire was just no way of accurately forecasting storms in advance." those fails in teacher-trustee dispute cloud heights, mainly for air- craft operations. The information is used local- ly to keep pilots up to date on local conditions K sent out in code on a teletype machine to a computer in Toronto. Tne computer then feeds the infor- mation back to all weather of- fices in Western Canada so e1 eryhody within sec- onds is in Leth- bridge. Weather balloons are only a small part of the readings gathered regularly cry.! transmitted from the IsJ.'rr bridse weather office, FYEBALL SKY Even.' hour m the hour, the j Lethhridge office, lixe thous- of other weather stations the world, weather I observations. Observers "eyeball" the sky i and determine the amount of ctorjd, its arxi density. for Canada. North Amer- the world, based on in- A three-mjsn concilia tioi i board has failed to bring about; a sc'ttlerfiur-it in the contract dl5-; pute about teachers in 15 rural dis- i Irict3 of Southern A'berta. Tne hoard met with repre- Krr.taUves of teachers and trus- ed to intense in dis- Observers have to he able Efl j Tne first bosrc! was dis- i 2? o! wl it failed to make' 9louds- rtt ;js made v.-.tn the help oi a hand j searchlight at the airport, Trl- arj av.-srd before' the ewl' t h e :e vear a-d anri of tt--e tiouds. Obsen-ers tr- are expec to vote or, it by Jan. 15. NEW YEAR GREETINGS 'tcrALL! I! tees for two days in Calgary r TW dUpute involves teachers this week but faJled to bring; in all schryjl districts south of the sides any closer to an Vulcan arxi Brooks with the ex- This is the a of the cities of Leth- Kridge ar.d Medicine Hat. Shock treatment most By JOF: Staff Writer accur- ate in "eyeballing cloud heights, said Ted Wilson, v.eatherman in charge of the Lethbridge weather office. Horizontal visibility is also noted. The weather office has dcterrnintd U'je distance to riif- fcrent buildings and structures around the airport V.'hen i or or bloving oblit- 'eratea an object a quarter of a j rnite the weather ooser- j Iver then "knot's ground visibi- i lity is less than a quarter of a rriilc- He then selects i jeets and an eye on them. I Readjjigs are taken of the observer calculate the re- cornrr.or. expians'ion about! lative humidity and point. of electric i Pressure on the mercury is that the is retd and sea level pressure and altimeter formation from weather sta- arvind the world. FILES Tr.-e charts, or maps, are compiled by man and by com- Eight clip files are kept at the Lethbri d ge vreaih er office three axe for actual weather condi Lions in Canada an d Urc U.S.; three are for weather forecasts; one is for upper air and the other is a log sheet indicating that air- craft pilots had received spe- cial briefings on weather con- ditions. Other observations made at the lethbridge weather office Liciude sncrfffzW, pfrecipitatioo and depth of snow on ground. G auges coUect snvx and rain. A cannon shell-type gauge near the station shws much has fallen over any given period of time. Snow in the gauge is rr.EHe'i to mire the water equivalent. Tr-e arnoujit of sr.ov; on the ground in Lethbridge is deter- mined by the vreathw who trots arcund the airport with a ruler in hand, measur- ing several snow dejyhs. He rrmy take a.s many as yj rea- ings, The official finow depth H determined by averaging the measurements. Tf the average citizen ?ei-s confused if-aylight time and standard time, he or she should certainly have sympa- thy for the weatherman. THREE TIMES He has to work in Greenwch Time, more popularly called Zulu Time; public time (stand- ard and day fight and Eftlar Urne fako sun time or local phones the weather office for the isaid Mr. Wilson. have lo rfetermirx: wr.e'.her they wsjrt (Zulu, pabiic or solar. We ljn them all.'1 L-eatmc-r.t. aL'.o knrrATj n repressef] anger or s electric tr strong unheppy feelings. ba.i urx.d by trerapy L-, r.t'.'-y.'j 40 yea.T, f'jr rr- ;fjvtn in a s'-vic-i of rr.eri- ihrcy: or four tirnfts Ui sr.d wwrkly. A of to fj i_s The ii carried out for a condition ht a r. a c f'fcTjr o n. but u p to 20 i firjf.yi iff. rj rno-o may rx: for turned on T .'e-'- a LMH or.ds and tr.e tri-vt i i l ay it hold the beginning.? of new friendships, keep you in good health and heighten happi- ness everyday of theyear. Our pleasure is servingyou. ADVANCE LUMBER CO. LTD. CHAJWiKX Corner 13th Sf. and 2nd Ave. 5. Phone 328-330T "Your Pioneer Lumber Dealer Since 1925" tA-.-f Hhoclc scholar show film A slide ar-d rfis- "EVy.-'riC s.f.orapy a on f-Tiina safe it v.il] hx; the of a speciat cc-nt of thft an- 1 public at o'r.frr IRr- sirl recognizes tr.e of Mrs. r'red Morgan, 2114 17th r.zs a of j sUxIent at the Univtrsity of To- it work5. Applicstions rwito. v.-ilj a public differ. thv: took One psyrjhiafn---f, F.sid he 'while; on a .even for Revere i Th': hft is "convince it is tho public and no adrnKsion igood patient." i will be RILEY NkCORMICK Clearance MEN'S DOWN FILLED by S. f. WOODS sTd. sizos and colon. WHILE THEY IAST 29 .95 CLEARING A SELECTION OF COWTOWN WfSTERN BOOTS 40 PAIR RiLEY McCORMICK LIMITED Leading Wetlern Slors" Largeit Selection of WetPern ond in S. Alberta CENTRE VILLAGE MAIL Phone 328-5644 ;