Johanna Wagstaffe

Senior Meteorologist

Johanna Wagstaffe is a senior meteorologist for CBC, covering weather and science stories, with a background in seismology and earth science. Her weekly segment, Science Smart, answers viewers' science-related questions.

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Here's what's on the radar for climate change in 2019

2019 will likely be another year for record-breaking extreme weather events around the world. But climate policy and new developments in green energy technology are offering some hope.

Here are the top 5 B.C. weather stories of 2018

From record fires to record floods, B.C. saw a repeat of extreme 2017 weather events.

Miami prepares for Hurricane Irma, expecting worst as about 650,000 ordered out

As southern Florida braces for Hurricane Irma, the largest-ever evacuation in Miami-Dade County history is underway. Here is a look at some of what CBC News saw through the day Thursday.

Wildfire smoke to stick around for Metro Vancouver

It may be a new month, but the same old summer wildfire smoke has made a return to Metro Vancouver for the first full week of September.

Abbotsford Airshow ready to takeoff despite smoky B.C. skies

It may be still be smoky out there, but the Abbotsford International Airshow has been getting ready to start — just in time for a clearing forecast.

Wagstaffe's Weather

Wagstaffe's Weather

Shifting climate baselines in B.C: Get ready for the new normal

For those of you hoping for more summer days in the forecast, you should be getting your wish by 2050. But climate change has already considerably shifted what we consider normal here in British Columbia, and that has come with a cost.

Reporter's Notebook: A new perspective — crafting a climate change podcast

The journey to discover what climate change will do to B.C. in the year 2050 offered new perspective to meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.

Climate change may make for more turbulent flights: study

A new study suggests that an increase in carbon dioxide concentrations in our atmosphere could cause changes in the jet stream over the North Atlantic flight corridor, leading to a spike in air turbulence.

Changing jet stream, extreme weather linked to humans: study

A new study strongly suggests that human impact may be to blame for stalling weather patterns that contribute to extreme weather events.

How does this winter compare to the infamous 2008/2009 season?

While Vancouver is not yet breaking records for the snowiest winter, there is still time this season and still lots more snow in the forecast.

Top 5 Metro Vancouver weather stories of 2016

There's lots to talk about when it comes to Metro Vancouver weather in 2016: lack of mountain snow to start the year, record heat in the spring, a lack-lustre summer and the harshest winter since 2008/2009 just to name a few.

Wagstaffe's top science stories of 2016

CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe picks the science stories with the biggest impact from the past year.

Fault Lines

A catastrophic earthquake hits Canada's West Coast. CBC Vancouver Seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe guides you through two disastrous scenarios so you can prepare yourself, your family, and your neighbours.

It wasn't the rainiest November — but it was Vancouver's warmest

Although it may have seemed like it, it wasn't quite the all-time wettest November for Vancouver ... but it was the warmest!