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Fall 2007

An evening with David Phillips

Wild About Weather - David Phillips
Why is weather so important to Canadians? Why are we obsessed with it? After all, we can't really change the weather. There are times when Canadians seem so disgusted by the weather, yet so secretly proud of its power at the same time. Whatever the reason, one thing is clear – our weather is not boring! An average year in Canada includes three million lightning strikes, 80 to 100 tornadoes, brushes with three or four tropical cyclones, temperatures that range from +40° to -50°C, blizzards and glaze, droughts and floods.

David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, is generally acknowledged as Canada's unofficial weather guru. He is also the originator and author of Canada's most popular calendar, The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar, in its 20th anniversary edition for 2008.

Part of the appeal of weather to Canadians, Phillips says, is that it is demanding and dramatic, but most of all diverse. Arguably, weather is more important to Canadians now than it has ever been, and is likely to be even more important in the future because our climate is changing and so are we. Some experts suggest that our weather is becoming more violent and erratic, but maybe it is simply that we are seeing and hearing more about it, he says.

Please join The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in welcoming David Phillips as he recounts some of Alberta's and Canada's long and dramatic weather past and answers some of the questions that Canadians have long wondered about our wild and wacky weather.

Wed., October 3, 2007, at 7 p.m.
John Dutton Theatre in Calgary Public Library
616 Macleod Trail SE

Thurs., October 4, 2007, at 7 p.m.
Stanley A. Milner Theatre in Edmonton Public Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Tickets available starting September 1, 2007 at: or 1-800-267-0824

$10 for RCGS members; $15 for non-members; free for children under the age of 12 (who must have a ticket and be accompanied by an adult).

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