Day 1 Recap: The 52nd Annual Congress is now fully underway; if the first full day of the scientific program is anything to go by, this will be an exciting and interesting week for the more than 420 attendees. While Monday was the first official day of the Congress, early birds were rewarded Sunday evening—not with worms, but with oysters, Celtic music, local beer and wine, and the Hali-famous donairs at the East Coast Icebreaker. Hundreds of delegates took the opportunity to visit the exhibitors’ booths, sample local foods, get to know Halifax’s new Convention Centre, and visit with new acquaintances and old friends. Earlier in the day, participants attended the GOES-R Weather Satellites workshop, a student pitch talk and meet-and-greet, or explored the streets of Halifax before the Congress was underway in earnest. Monday’s programming opened with a traditional prayer and drum circle led by Debbie Eisan, an elder at the Mi’kmaw Friendship Centre in Halifax. Attending dignitaries included CMOS President Wayne Richardson; David Grimes, Assistant Deputy Minister and head of Environment Canada's Meteorological Service; Bill Horne, MLA for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank and Ministerial Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources (Forestry); and Waye Mason, Deputy Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality. Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, Dave Wartman, hosted the opening session as MC. The morning plenary delivered by Timothy Merlis of McGill University immersed the crowd immediately in a discussion on atmospheric circulations changes and climatic models, setting the tone for what promises to be an elevated and fascinating week of scientific presentations. Parallel sessions throughout the day included diverse topics such as air quality modelling and monitoring; marine acoustics; risk preparedness; polar atmosphere variability; precipitation gauges; and much more. The afternoon wrapped up with an energetic poster session, with participants and presenters mingling as they examined posters and spoke with exhibitors throughout the Convention Centre floor. Night owls enjoyed the trivia night at Murphy’s on the Water, testing their knowledge of facts—and beer—against the beautiful backdrop of Halifax’s waterfront. With such an exciting beginning to the Congress, we can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow.
The iconic Halifax donair featured at the East Coast Icebreaker
Socializing with CMOS attendees at the East Coast Icebreaker Sunday night
Day 1 wrapped up with a lively poster session