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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Wx Centre celebrates 12 years

The day was March 24, 2010. People were listening to "Rude Boy" by Rihanna, Stephen Harper was Prime Minister of Canada, and the weather in Carbonear, NL was cloudy with snow and ice pellets.

Early that afternoon Wx Centre was launched using a Dell desktop.

We started out by originally providing weather to a select few Canadian locations, 20 to be exact. Since then, we have expanded to provide weather forecasts to an international audience and as of 2019, we provided forecasts including current conditions, hourly forecasts, and a 7-day forecast to thousands of locations around the world.

For 12 years now Wx Centre has strived to provide timely and accurate weather information to our customers.

A snapshot of the website from March 27, 2012.

Twelve years ago things were simpler in many ways. Forecasting was, in a way, more difficult, but with a team of six, we managed to create a five-day forecast for our 20 locations that included sky conditions, a brief description of the weather, and high and low temperatures.

Today the public demands more information. Gone are the days of a simple forecast. Nowadays people want current information, hourly information, and more long-range forecasts.

An old five day forecast.

The internet has drastically changed the way we've had to do things. There is barely any organic reach anymore on social media and we have suffered somewhat as a result. When we share information it no longer reaches our total audience.

Nobody knows what the future holds, despite that is literally what we do, will Wx Centre exist 12 years from now? What will technology look like in 12 years? How will we receive weather information?

As Albert Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”


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