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Canadian Fascination with Weather

  • September 18, 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Aurora Cultural Centre

David Phillips

David Phillips is a Senior Climatologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada. David has been employed with Environment Canada's weather service for more than 45 years.  His work relates to the study of Canada's climate and the promotion of awareness and understanding of meteorology.

He has published several books, papers and reports, including a book on The Climates of Canada, and two bestsellers: The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry and Blame It On The Weather.  He is also the originator and author of the Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar, the most popular calendar sold in Canada, and now in its 30th year.

 David frequently appears on national radio and television as a commentator on weather and climate matters.  He has been awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and has twice received the Public Service Merit Award.  

David is the recipient of three honorary doctorates from the universities of Waterloo, Windsor and Nipissing University.  In 2001, David was named to the Order of Canada.


Canadian Fascination with Weather

More and more people are asking: What's happening to our weather?  It's almost as if extreme weather has become the new norm. A majority of experts suggest that we are witnessing run-away climate change and that extreme weather may be the most telling and significant proof of an overheated, out-of-control planet. On the other hand, maybe we are simply going through some rough times and bad weather luck. 

 What we are seeing is not just a warming up but a destabilization of historic weather patterns and a change in the statistics of weather.  What is for sure is that we can no longer assume that yesterday’s weather will apply tomorrow.  Coping with more variable and extreme weather will take more ingenuity and adaptability – something Canadians are good at.

This event is part of the Fall 2017 Speaker series.


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