EVENT DATE: May 8, 2008
TOPIC: Confessions of a Weather Weenie
David Phillips is the country’s most popular weatherman. He is Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada’s Atmospheric Environment Service. He appears frequently on national radio and television as a commentator on weather and climate matters and is well known as the expert on The Weather Network. He writes the ‘Weatherwise’ column for Canadian Geographic magazine and originated Environment Canada’s Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar.
David has published several books, papers and reports on the climate of Canada. They include essays in The Canadian Encyclopedia; a book on The Climates of Canada; and two bestsellers: The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry and Blame It On The Weather.
In 2001, he was named to the Order of Canada. He has received the Patterson Medal for Distinguished Service to Meteorology in Canada and twice received the Public Service of Canada Merit Award. He graduated from the University of Windsor and holds an honorary Doctorate of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. David, his wife Darlene and Winston the Weather Dog, live in Aurora ON; they have two grown daughters.