February 1, 2010 — Accurate weather forecasting will be key at the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. That’s why a team of 35 meteorologists from organizations and countries around the world has been formed.
Shay Ostapowich, a meteorologist with The Weather Network will be part of the weather forecasting team at the Sliding Centre in Whistler. She will be developing forecasts and monitoring observations for the site where luge, bobsled and skeleton athletes will be competing.
Shay's expertise, training and passion for weather will be well utilized on site. Forecasting for mountainous terrain is a special skill. Understanding how the weather conditions can change from the bottom of the mountain to the top is critical. A native of Alberta, Shay is very familiar with the area. She has been training for the forecast team for the past several years.
Education and Training
Shay graduated from the University of Alberta with a double major in Mathematics and Atmospheric Sciences. She has a particular interest in forecasting heavy snowfall and local weather effects, which will come in quite handy this February as the mountainous terrain in British Columbia makes for unique climate zones.
Shay is currently managing The Weather Network’s Lightning Detection Network, a service provided for commercial businesses. Her passion for weather is evident in everything she does.