Probus Club Presents: Canada – No longer the Cold White North

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Date(s) - Wednesday, June 4, 2014
9:15 am - 11:30 am

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Oakville Club

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David Phillips: Canada – No longer the Cold White North

Canadians love to boast about their weather. The snowiest country in the world is also home to the chosen frozen! But something seems to be happening to the Canadian climate. Temperatures are rising, ice at the top of the world is melting at record levels and a White Christmas is much less a sure thing. There are signs that the climate we know is not just warming up, but becoming more volatile and variable. Further, the seasons seem to be out of whack. Canadians are asking if all this weather weirdness and meteorological mayhem is their doing or is it due to external forces? Or is it both? Some experts suggest that we might be witnessing the beginning of profound change and bad weather might be the proof of an overheated, out-of-control climate. On the other hand, it’s happened before! Maybe we are just experiencing some bad “weather” luck. What has become clear is that weather is more important to us now than ever before and will continue as the climate changes faster than we can adapt.

David Phillips last spoke to us at our 10th Anniversary Dinner in November 2006. He is a Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada has worked their weather service for over 40 years. His activities relate to the study of the climate of Canada and to promote awareness and understanding of weather and climate in Canada. He has published many papers and reports on the climate of Canada, including several essays in The Canadian Encyclopedia, and seven books including two bestsellers – “The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry” and “Blame it on the Weather”.

He has been awarded the Patterson Medal for Distinguished Service to Meteorology in Canada, the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and has twice received the Public Service Merit Award. David is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo and Nipissing University. In 2001, he was named to the Order of Canada.

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