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Fire suspends upper air monitoring program in Iqaluit – Nunatsiaq News

Apr 7, 2021

Weather prediction services are not impacted

Environment and Climate Change Canada has suspended its upper air monitoring program in Iqaluit after a fire gutted the program’s operations building on Monday.

Nobody was hurt, but the fire destroyed all equipment inside the building, including computers, weather balloons and antennas.

This will not impact weather prediction in Iqaluit, according to department spokesperson Céline Singhroy.

“In case of a weather station outage, data from other sources are used by our supercomputer to provide information on current weather conditions and storms development,” she said in an email to Nunatsiaq News.

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