Network Details

Network Type

Hydrometeorological

Agency

Government of Yukon
Yukon Community Services - Wildland Fire Management
Website: http://www.community.gov.yk.ca/firemanagement

Other Agencies Involved

Department of Highways and Public Works

Program objectives and description

To monitor and predict the daily fire danger rating for Yukon during the forest fire season. The network consists of meteorological stations throughout Yukon, and is jointly owned and operated by the Department of Highways and Public works, and the Department of Community Services. Stations measure temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and rain fall amounts. A tipping bucket rain gauge is used, and it is not covered in the winter. After freeze up, the precipitation values are not valid. In the spring there are huge amounts reported as the snow melts into the rain gauge. One of the stations, Mount Sima, does not record precipitation. Most of the stations are solar powered and there are breaks in the data during the winters due to lack of power. The stations are serviced annually, and the sensors are recalibrated every two years. The data loggers are factory tested every five years. All equipment is from FTS and sensor accuracy can be found at their website, http://ftsinc.com/

Sampling Information

Number of sites: 32 total sites, 32 active sites

Parameter measured: Meteorological - Humidity, Meteorological - Precipitation, Meteorological - Temperature, Permafrost - Temperature, Meteorological - Wind

Period of record: 1993 to present

Sampling frequencies: Continuous

Data availability: Previous years data are in subdirectories like _Archive2009/

Network URL: http://scada.gov.yk.ca/

Network Spec Url: http://scada.gov.yk.ca/FTS_data/

Contact Information

Name: Michael Smith

Address: 91790 Alaska Highway, Whitehorse Yukon, Y1A 5B7

Phone: 1-867-456-3975

Fax: 1-867-667-3148

Email: michael.smith@gov.yk.ca