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Showing love for meteorologists at The Weather Network

Andrea Stockton, staff writer
March 23, 2012 — Friday is World Meteorological Day, and we decided to show the team of over 30 meteorologists at The Weather Network just how much we love and appreciate them.

Show your love for meteorologists with a 'weather hug'
Show your love for meteorologists with a 'weather hug'

Each year on March 23, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and members of the meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day.

According to the WMO, the day commemorates when the organization was established in 1950. In 1951, the WMO became the United Nation's specialized agency of meteorology.

World Meteorological Day often features events such as conferences and exhibitions for meteorological professionals, community leaders and the general public. It can also help to raise the profile of meteorology worldwide.

"Meteorology as a science is a 'work in progress,' and likely always will be," says Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "It is a science that is far from solved, far from perfect and requires a lot of time, patience and creativity in order to succeed."

Davis adds that if World Meteorological Day can bring attention to just one thing, he hopes it would be the understanding that meteorology is still a fairly young science.

"We continue to do our best with the tools we have and it will continue to get noticeably better through the years and decades."

Weather can impact things like farming and food prices
Weather can impact things like farming and food prices

"A lot of people tend to forget that we're telling the future," adds Dayna Vettese, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "I hope this day can help individuals understand the complexities and amount of information that go into creating a forecast."

Much like the medical field, space science and various other scientific fields, meteorology is a growing science. Every year, new things are learned, which can change the way meteorologists forecast and look at weather.

Weather affects every aspect of our lives and instead of just asking "Will I have to bring an umbrella today?," meteorologists encourage people to think about the bigger questions that are related to weather.

"Food prices are greatly affected by heat waves, cold snaps, floods and droughts. Some of the largest spikes in oil prices are caused by strong hurricanes out to sea. Businesses are dependent on it, and thousands of lives and trillions of dollars in damage are directly caused by weather every year," says Davis. "It's a humbling thought to realize just how much we are at the mercy of weather and climate."

While some of The Weather Network's meteorologist joked about having a statutory holiday to honour their work in meteorology, others say a hug on World Meteorological Day would be just fine too.

"If anyone feels compelled to give me a random hug on Friday, I'll take it. I accept hugs on Twitter too: @RobDavis_Wx #weatherhug!," laughed Davis.

"I'm going to agree with Rob and say a hug is much appreciated! @daynavettese #weatherhug," says Vettese.

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