Gone But Not Forgotten

Hello, you've landed on DATA eh? - Open Data Toronto's original blog space for data discussions. This is not an active blog at the moment but legacy posts are still here. Have a read ... you can still provide comments.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Some Like It Hot

By Keith McDonald
That's some weather we are having here in T.O.this summer.  July 23, in fact, was our hottest day on record ever! At least, since temperatures started being recorded. 

I've said before, you are only as good as your data. So, we may very well have had higher temps in the years before 1937 (when record keeping began at Pearson Airport). We just can't say for sure. I bet lots of people alive in the years before 1937 would swear there were hotter days!

Without the data though, it's impossible to prove.

But, how many of you would say: "Who cares! ... hot is hot!"?

Maybe it doesn't matter in actual degrees (plus or minus a few) but, if you are farming or gardening or even planning an event outside, it does make a difference.

each at sunset with DATA eh? in sand writing on beach

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy Canada Day (Belated)

By Keith McDonald
Did you wish Canada a Happy Birthday this year? I did and was impressed by how media covered our 145th B-day.

What impressed me most was the data. We're doing pretty well for 145. Consider these data bytes gleaned from the Toronto Sun's Canada Day visualization page (not found on-line): 

canada eh? birthday cake with 145 candle