Early winter has backyard rinks, Laurier’s RinkWatch project in full swing

rinkwatchAn unusually wintery November has Canadians skating on backyard rinks much earlier than last year. And that’s great news for the Laurier researchers behind RinkWatch, a research project that uses outdoor rinks to study winter weather conditions and climate change.
Entering its third winter, the RinkWatch project asks backyard rinkmakers in Canada and the northern United States to mark their location on an interactive online map – found at rinkwatch.org – and provide updates of skating conditions throughout the winter. Researchers at Laurier use the data to do fine resolution mapping of winter temperatures and track year-to-year progress of larger winter climate trends.