17/30 days spent field schooling

Over the last 30 days I have spent 17 of them teaching field schools. Yikes! From the beaches of Tofino to the peaks at Mount Washington Ski Resort A LOT of meteorological concepts were discussed. A BIG thank you to all the Community members, Industry Partners and our Department for supporting such impactful (and fun) learning experiences for the students (and myself). I am also thankful for the students who participated in these courses. Their positivity and enthusiasm for learning was contagious! Thanks for giving it your all.

Next stop for field schooling … Bridge Glacier 3.0 in September. Have you applied yet?


Here’s to new adventures in 2019!


At the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself to do more of what I love, while also trying new things. It was a challenging year at times but one I will look back on with some wonderful memories. From weekend getaways, travel with inspiring friends, volunteering as an owl taxi and so much more…

There were too many ‘moments’ to choose from but here are my #topnine from 2018. Here’s to new adventures and #selfcare in 2019!

Mountain Meteorology Field School – coming 2019!

I am so excited to announce that I am offering a Mountain Meteorology Field School next year. Spend your Reading Break in the Winter term at Mt. Washington Alpine Resort learning about mountain weather processes, snowpack, avalanche hazards and so much more! Students do not need previous ski or snowshoe experience, just positive attitudes and a willingness to get outside and try new things!

Plan ahead and apply early! Space is limited.


Snow day in Victoria

Although we were not slated to start topic 5 ‘snow hydrology’ in class until mid-March, mother nature had other plans. Snow days are not common in Victoria. So through the TOTALLY EXCELLENT suggestion of a student, it was decided we should spend some of the class outside. A few discussions on cloud microsphyics and how water flows through snow, followed up with the science of snowman building made for a great class! Thanks everyone!

Coastal Meteorology – Last day

We were treated to live weather briefings from Environment and Climate Change Canada Forecasters, collected data in a record breaking atmospheric river event in Tofino, learned about traditional ways of understanding weather, heard from the coast guard on weather hazards and spent two days surveying the Schooner Cove Dune system in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve which had been significantly modified during the ‘largest waves on the planet’ event two weeks ago. ¬†It has be wet, busy, but awesome! So impressed with our group of students. They worked hard, maintained positive attitudes in challenging field outings and supported each others learning. This course wouldn’t have been possible without the huge support from our community partners. Thank you! Looking forward to teaching more courses in future Clayoquot Sound Field Semesters.

Coastal Meteorology Day 1 – Colours of the Rainbow

Day one – success. Learning from an Operational Meteorologist in the morning, followed by an explore of coastal microclimates, and finally dune morphology. In addition, the students were treated to a terrific presentation about being a Tofino Ambassador. Notice the BRILLIANT arrangement of the students in the group photo at Schooner Cove – colour spectrum of a rainbow!

Clayoquot Sound Field Semester Begins!

Last week, 20 students from Uvic Geography settled into their new home for the next 4-months – Tofino, BC. We would like to recognize and thank the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations for hosting the Field School on unneeded traditional territory of Tla-a-o-qui-aht, Ahousaht, Hesquisht, and Ucluelet First Nations, the first peoples of the lands and waters. We would also like to thank all of the community partners and supporters of the conception of this program. Students have begun to engage in their first of 6-courses that will be offered over the term. I look forward to see them all again in a few weeks when I will return to teach ‘coastal meteorology’.

It snowed!

It was a Christmas Miracle by all accounts … waking up to snow on the morning of the 25th in one of the few Canadian cities where that is far from ‘normal’. Winston our 8-year old corgi was thrilled to get back to his snowy roots. Raised in Winterpeg, the snow situation on the Peninsula has been a let down for him. But now, he has been running like a puppy again on our snowy adventures … wonderful to see.