100 Years of Nova Scotian Weather Online and Interactive… and Then Some

I just finished recreating a Tableau “viz” that is a series of online, interactive dashboards with weather information for eight places in Nova Scotia from the past 100 years (1917-2016):

  • Halifax
  • Liverpool
  • Yarmouth
  • Greenwood
  • Halifax Airport
  • Amherst
  • Antigonish
  • Sydney

They are on the Tableau Public site under my profile listing all my vizzes so far. Not many but the start of something good!

I also have dedicated weather vizzes for:

from reasonably good data sets that existed so I didn’t have to kill myself getting all the data from nearby weather stations and cobbling them all together! I had over 1600 files for those 8 places! Well, Halifax didn’t have a great data set but since so many Nova Scotians live in the area, including me, I didn’t want to leave them out.

Share a Disney Star Wars Mash-up

Darth Mickey

The Walt Disney Co. recently bought Lucasfilms from George Lucas for $4.05 billion (Yahoo!¬†as in the site of the article, not my reaction). Some people were thrilled since they’ve been lambasting George Lucas for everything he’s done post the original Star Wars Trilogy. Others thought there was a great disturbance in the force.

We’ll have to see how it’ll all turn out with time, but I can tell you the first good thing that has come of the transaction is the Disney-Star Wars mash-ups immediately found in the Twitterverse (#DisneyStarWars hash tag) and other places.

Some of the best ones I’ve seen are below, but I want to hear more so if you’ve heard of others, or came up with one of your own, please do share by leaving a comment! Continue reading

Snow Day Policy Suggestions for School Boards and Systems

This is an article about snow day policy suggestions that could be applicable to any jurisdiction where there are school closures due to extreme weather conditions (or some other climatic challenges). It is written in response to some articles specific to the province of Nova Scotia, but the suggestions are universal. May just need some customization pending starting points of jurisdictions needing policy change. Just skip to the section called My Snow Day Policy Suggestions.

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