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Esa Qillaq and Ilkoo Angutikjuaq speaking to students at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Esa cuts slices of frozen Arctic char for lunch. And, of course, we have been looking at the data coming from those stations to help


us make up our minds. The station at the head of Clyde Inlet reports moderate winds (15 km/h), but to get there we have to travel over 100 km, starting in poor visibility here. The station south of Clyde River is closer, and could easily be done in a day in good travelling weather. But it reports 40 km/h winds, and no doubt the conditions between here and there are much like they are in Clyde River. So we practice patience, work on other things, and glance out the window every few


minutes, hoping to see the cliffs in the distance or some other sign that perhaps we can head out today. As with so many aspects of life in the North, the weather is a huge influence on our activities, our plans, and even our moods. But we visitors also feel lucky to get to spend time on the land and in the company of our local colleagues, making the most of the down days by visiting and eating Arctic char, caribou, and bannock, and reminiscing about the visit the Inuit made to Colorado last October. The purpose of the Colorado trip was to make the exchange of information and


experience a two-way street. Rather than just having the scientists visit Clyde River and see what the locals do, we thought it important for the Inuit to see the working and living environment of the scientists, too. We took in the laboratories where Kelly and Glen work, visited their homes and spoke in the schools of Kelly’s kids, and, of course, took in a Colorado Avalanche game. Just as the weather stations help give us a multi-dimensional picture of the weather


in the Clyde River area, the social exchanges and visits back and forth among the Inuit and academic members of the Silalirijiit team help us understand one another beyond the common interest of meteorology. After all, weather is so often just the starting point, whether in conversation or in our interactions with the land and sea. The more time we spend looking at the same things, the better we are able to connect the ways we measure, talk about, and are affected by the weather. And now the cliffs are in sight, the roof pennant is no longer straight out. Esa and


Joelie say we can get going. Fire up the snow machines, we’re ready to go out to the next station!


While in Colorado, artists Ilkoo Angutikjuaq (right) and Esa Qillaq meet with fellow carver Steve Kestrel and tour his studio and workshop outside of Fort Collins.


Visiting the campus at University of Colorado Boulder. L-R: Igah Sanguya, Raygee Palituq, Glen Liston, Ilkoo Angutikjuaq, Esa Qillaq, Joelie Sanguya, Rosemary Sanguya.


Weather data from the stations are available at


www.clyderiverweather.org. The recorded weather message in Inuktitut is available toll free at 1-855-924-6075.


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