About Me

Me at the Kennedy Space Center with the shuttle Endeavour poised to embark on the second-last mission of the shuttle program

I am an online reporter for Global News where I write about weather, science and the environment.

Before working at Global, I worked as a children’s book editor. I am also the author of seven books that range from weather to space to that most Canadian thing of all, hockey.

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17 comments on “About Me”

  1. Leon Brass Reply

    “That’s 180 million times the weight of a blue whale.”
    Did you write that for a children’s book?
    I have to ask because I read that on whimsical little app called the
    CBC. It beguiles me to no end to where & what my taxes send.
    As for the weather, according to Bob Dylan, we all know it blows so
    why write about it?

  2. Dale Halliday Reply

    Hi Nicole,

    I’ve enjoyed reading your articles on cbc.ca. However I read something today that didn’t seem right, so I did a little research.

    The article is called “The Faces of Climate Change: How a rapidly warming Arctic is destroying a way of life.” It’s mostly anecdotal stories, but the one story which I found hard to believe was that the arena in Pangnirtung couldn’t make ice until December because of climate change. I’m not sure why they can’t make ice, but it’s not because of climate change. For example in the latest fall, the temperature in Pangnirtung dropped below zero on October 7th, 2016, and stayed below zero the rest of the month (highs and lows). http://climate.weather.gc.ca/climate_data/daily_data_e.html?StationID=10721&timeframe=2&StartYear=1840&EndYear=2017&Day=2&Year=2016&Month=10#
    The mean for the month of Oct 2016 was -5; for Nov -10.4, etc. This is typical for the fall in Pangnirtung, and is certainly cold enough to make ice.

    Comments?

    regards,

    Mr. Dale Halliday

    • Bruce Voigt Reply

      ..
      Ice packs around the world (permafrost) have received jolts of radiation causing internal rot (melting)! Cold of winter does not penetrate this now rotten ice.
      A really COOL experiment;
      Fill a stubby clear water glass ¾ full of water. Place in the freezer.
      Drill a ¼ inch hole down into the center of ice. Fill that hole with water then put it into the fridge (not freezer). After a couple hours you will notice that water surrounds the berg and the drilled hole of water is frozen solid!
      The same phenomenon as the ice cube takes place at earths poles or established glaciers keeping the ice frozen. (now you know why it takes so long for your snow bank to melt)
      Ice of the arctic is one big fridge creating its own cold. It will be when all hell freezes over that a little warmth will affect these ice packs. What does affect the melting of these ice packs are erratic radiation blasts, the same that are causing erratic earth tippings.
      A simple phenomenon is the temperature cold. All cells, quarks, nuclei, blood, earth etc produce cold from their poles. We see this on our planet what we don’t detect is the cold from the poles of say a skin cell. The ratio of cold emitting from cells is so minute as to go unnoticed except of course the big cell earth. Every cell has a nucleus with orbiting bits of itself (nuclei) and individually con zillions of these are in harmony with the cell until a reaction causes the particles to repel one another. Individually these particles have the same energy as the parent two poled cell. Now you will notice the cold being produced. As an example take an air cell and cause a reaction! OK just blow on your hand.

  3. Dale Halliday Reply

    Hi Nicole,

    I’ve enjoyed reading your articles on cbc.ca. However I read something today that didn’t seem right, so I did a little research.

    The article is called “The Faces of Climate Change: How a rapidly warming Arctic is destroying a way of life.” It’s mostly anecdotal stories, but the one story which I found hard to believe was that the arena in Pangnirtung couldn’t make ice until December because of climate change. I’m not sure why they can’t make ice, but it’s not because of climate change. For example in the latest fall, the temperature in Pangnirtung dropped below zero on October 7th, 2016, and stayed below zero the rest of the month (highs and lows). http://climate.weather.gc.ca/climate_data/daily_data_e.html?StationID=10721&timeframe=2&StartYear=1840&EndYear=2017&Day=2&Year=2016&Month=10#
    The mean for the month of Oct 2016 was -5; for Nov -10.4, etc. This is typical for the fall in Pangnirtung, and is certainly cold enough to make ice.

    Comments?

    regards,

    Mr. Dale Halliday

  4. Minh Reply

    Nicole,

    On behalf of the Canadian Space Society, we would like to invite you to speak at the 16th Annual Canadian Space Summit in Ottawa taking place on November 21-22, 2017. We would like to have you participate in a panel of Journalists who report on issues related to Canada’s Space program. This year’s theme is Canada’s Next Space Generation and will be highlighting the next generation of industry leaders, space engineers, scientists, and astronauts. The Summit will explore the changing nature of the global space industry and the evolving nature of how we incorporate space into our daily lives. At the same time, the year 2017 marks the 55th Anniversary of Alouette-1 and Canada’s 150-year anniversary as a nation. Therefore, the CSS Summit will also pay tribute to Canada’s historical achievements by ensuring that a portion of the summit (e.g. a special session and keynote speaker) recognizes this anniversary.

    We would be happy to have you join us. For more details, please email me.

    Thanks,
    Minh On
    Space Summit Co-Chair

  5. Navdeep Singh Gill Reply

    Hi Nicole,

    Hope you are doing well I have an opportunity with the City of Toronto. If you are Interested please accept the invite to discuss more.

    Thanks,
    Navdeep Gill

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  7. Gordon Robertson Reply

    Nicole…regarding your article on antimatter you said…”However, we live in a world where matter far outweighs antimatter, something that has stumped physicists”.

    No kidding. But a complete lack of antimatter won’t stop modern scientists trying to claim it is there, we just can’t see it they’ll say. Convenient science. I call that pseudo-science, meaning science that cannot be proved by the scientific method.

    You referred in the article to the Big Bang, which SHOULD have created equal amounts of matter and anti-matter. Nicole, can’t you see what’s wrong with the claim? The Big Bang theory is one of the more absurd theories ever proposed. It’s not just about missing antimatter, it’s the entire premise that the universe as we know it can collapse into nothingness then re-explode to form a new universe.

    In your articles on science, I have never seen you present alternative hypotheses or even try.

    No one has ever seen that happen nor can they reproduce it. When scientists claim they have identified a component of antimatter you can take that with a large dose of skepticism.

  8. Gordon Robertson Reply

    Nicole…I just checked with the source of your temperature map at climateanalyzer.org and this is what they had to say about the source of their data for the map:

    “The weather maps shown here are generated from the NCEP Global Forecast System (GFS) model. GFS is the primary operational model framework underlying U.S. NOAA/NWS weather forecasting”.

    That’s right, the temperatures were generated on a NOAA climate model.

    NOAA is currently under investigation by a US Senate committee for essentially scientific misconduct. A while back, NOAA admitted on their site to slashing nearly 5000 weather stations from a global pool of 6500 stations. Then they take the real data from 1500 stations, apply it to a climate model, interpolate it and homogenize it, then SYNTHESIZE temperatures for the 5000 stations they slashed.

    The danger inherent in such a system is that cooler temperatures can be re-synthesized as warmer temperatures. Why would anyone want to do that? Why would anyone want to throw out the data of 5000 stations and re-synthesize them based on the data from 1500 stations? In California, NOAA has thrown out data from the cooler Sierra Nevada mountains and they are using 3 stations along the warmer coast. Same thing in the Andes, where they are synthesizing temperatures at higher elevations based on temperatures up to 1200 miles away.

    That’s why the map you provided has no baseline. On the UAH baseline it is given as the global average from 1980 – 2010. The NOAA model would have no baseline because models cannot provide one. Therefore the anomalies indicated on the map are from synthesized temperatures.

    NOAA has only one reporting weather station in the entire Canadian Arctic. For Arctic temperatures they rely on data from the satellites NOAA launched in 1978 which are processed by UAH. UAH is not seeing the record warming reported by NOAA in the 21st century.

    • Bruce Voigt Reply

      No such thing as continental drift or plate tectonics, for every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction and when the magnetic (axis) pole moves the earth tips (normally twice a year) in the opposite direction changing its exposure to both Moon and Sun.
      As the Earth tipping has been longitudinal, some but very little compass variation is detected in these times of erratic tippings ( earth changes).

      Changes in radiation levels run our world, every thing from arctic ice to migration.
      It is commonly excepted that the Moon magnetically tugs on an ocean creating the bulge responsible for ocean tides.
      I claim the ocean bulge is caused by the Moon blocking or interfearing with incoming dark matter (gravity).
      Erratic Earth tipping causes an immediate change in Moon Earth exposure creating gravity (pressure) to interact with the bulge creating a Tsunami!
      (and then the sound responsible for an earthquake)

  9. Gordon Robertson Reply

    Nicole…in a story today (December 23, 2016) on CBC, you report that ‘the Arctic’ is 30 degrees warming than normal.

    Which part of the Arctic?

    From the temperature anomaly map you provide, which is a Mercator projection, the bright red area representing +20C (NOT +30C as claimed) is a thin line across the top. On the real planet that would be a small circle in the vicinity of the North Pole. Immediately below the bright red is an area of light brown suggesting temps are about +5 above the average.

    Then things get interesting. The entire area of the Siberian Arctic shows temperatures down to -20C (below normal). Alaska is -5C to -10C below normal and the Greenland area shows temps -10C to -20C below normal.

    I would guess from a cursory look at the map that the colder regions balance the warmer regions showing little or no average warming in the Arctic.

    Points to note:

    1)the map is a terrible representation. It shows nor baseline, that is, the global average against which the claims are made.
    2)the claim of 30 below normal is in Fahrenheit, not the Celsius to which we have become accustomed in Canada.
    3)the warm spot over the North Pole is likely a product of the Arctic Oscillation.
    4)there is not a shred of evidence to relate such warming to anthropogenic CO2. It could not act that quickly. What we are more likely seeing is natural variation of an unknown cause. The same thing happened in the Arctic in 1912 and 1920.
    5)For the first 3 weeks of December, cold weather records were set in the Vancouver area. That cold air came from the Arctic. If the Arctic can go from -40C to 0C in a day, that has nothing to do with humans.
    6)I want to remind climate alarmists that weather is not climate.

  10. Gordon Robertson Reply

    Nicole…in a recent CBC article you wrote with respect to an Antarctic ice shelf: “This new finding suggests the ice shelf is breaking apart from the inside out. Typically melting occurs on the outer edges of glaciers as a result of relatively warmer waters. However, recently, scientists have suspected that warm water below the ice sheet is weakening glaciers, causing melting from below”.

    This statement reveals the scientists making it have no idea how glaciers work. Glaciers flow to the ocean on a plasticized form of ice created by extreme pressure. At the ocean, they are pushed out over the water, essentially hanging in space. When gravity and ocean action works on them, they eventually fracture and break off. It’s called calving, as you reported.

    The cause is well known and the Antarctic Ocean has some of the most ferocious wave action on the planet, with waves reaching 100 feet in height. Ice shelves like the one in question are usually protected by ice flows, which absorb much of the battering from the ocean. Subjected to the ferocity of the ocean down there it is little wonder that more of the ice shelves don’t break off.

    Claiming the fracture is from warming is nonsense. Polar expert Douglas Wingham, an alarmist, claimed it is far too cold on the Antarctic continent for glacier to melt. The average temperature of the Antarctic Ocean is not conducive to melting ice.

    The IPCC revealed after their review in 2012 that we’d had a 15 year warming hiatus from 1998 – 2012. According to the satellite data sets from UAH, a leading supplier of global temperatures, that hiatus has continued till February of 2016 when an El Nino raised the average. It is likely a temporary spike and we are waiting to see if an expected La Nina will even out the spike and return us to 20 years of no average warming.

    NOAA, a major supplier of surface temperatures, is under investigation by a US Senate committee for trying to erase the hiatus by nefarious means. They admitted on their site to slashing about 5000 weather (surface) stations from a global pool of about 6500 stations then applying data from 1500 stations to a climate model where it was interpolated and homogenized to SYNTHESIZE the missing 5000 stations. Using that kind of scientific misconduct they announced a record warming year in 2014 but failed to reveal they had done so based on a 48% confidence level. When a proper 90% confidence level was used, 2014 suddenly became the 4th warmest year as reported by UAH satellite data sets.

    Why this scientific chicanery? Why did NOAA have a vested interest in making 2014 the warmest year ever by using an improper confidence level?

    UAH is reporting little or no warming over the past 35 years using data from NOAA satellites. NOAA ignores their own satellite data and messes with the historical temperature record.

    Why??? There is no warming to speak of in the Antarctic and the location you are writing about. Those shelves did not fracture due to warming they fractured as they always do by means of gravitational force and wave action.

  11. Ed Andrews Reply

    Hi Nebulous Nikki,

    Just read your piece on Global News on the environment “This is how much water Canadians waste” and decided to offer a comment / question regarding the science involved. First I should let you know that I’m fully sympathetic to environmental issues and generally support all ideas directed saving it from further degradation to the greatest degree. I’m wondering if the issue you wrote about is really about wasting water per se. Science tell us matter can neither be created or destroyed and when we use water for all the purposes we do I believe it goes back into the ground water, rivers, water evaporation cycle, atmosphere, etc. The quality of same after our use is of course an issue that impinges on our environment. I think the issue is more one of use of energy ( what kind ) in the processing before and after our use of same as well as the impact of global warming on the worlds glaciers and reserves of fresh water. The use of water already on its way to the oceans doesn’t really waste it and whether we draw it and use it as it progresses along its journey to the oceans it will eventually get there. It will be there for use but it will not be FRESH as we call it. It will require a different and most likely a more energy intense process to desalinate the water for use. ( Unless we can harness the suns energy to drive the process rather than use carbon based energy. So its not really a water wasting issue its an energy wasting issue. Not sure we’ll ever get our glaciers and ice fields back so we have lost and continue to lose our renewable / sustainable source of fresh water.

    Ed Andrews

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  13. Ryen Lawton Reply

    Hi,

    My name is Ryen Lawton and I am a Grade 7 student at the Broad Meadows Middle School in Quincy, Massachusetts. My school has a Groundbreaker Hall of Fame to honor people who changed the world. Each student gets to induct one person into this Hall of Fame. I chose Willie O’Ree.
    In my research, I have learned a lot about O’Ree, but I do need help with a question. Could you help me complete my research by answering:
    If you could summarize him as a groundbreaker in a metaphor, what would that metaphor be?

    Thank you for being a steward of O’Ree’s story. He has inspired me.
    Sincerely,
    Ryen Lawton

  14. jeff lawerence Reply

    Hi Nicole,

    I tried contacting you through Cloudy Nights, but received no response – I head CN was having some issues recently getting messages through…

    Our club just approved the purchase of the 50mm Lunt. A few points of clarification before we settle the deal:

    – Can you outline exactly what is included in the sale?
    – You state buyer pays shipping up to $50. Does that mean that if the shipping comes out to be more than $50, you will cover the difference?
    – What payment arrangement do you want? I am not sure how to handle things for “international sale.” would you accept PayPal?

    To make communication easier, why don’t you reply directly. My email is:

    jef.law76@gmail.com

    Or, to make things even easier, if you want to provide me a phone number, I can give you a call.

    thanks!

    – jeff

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