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!
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.
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!
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 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.
Wishing everyone a joyful holiday break! Marking done, grades submitted and ready for some celebrations and restful days. Still dreaming of a white Christmas in Victoria (there is a snowflake graphic on Christmas Eve in the current forecast) so fingers crossed everyone! If not, beautiful frosty mornings like todays may have to do this year.
Winter storm season arrived on the west coast with some Island stations reporting in excess of 500 mm over the last few days. Mt Washington even had a dump of snow!
The storms couldn’t have rolled in at a more serendipidous time. I am knee deep in planning the Coastal Meteorology aka Storm Watching course as part of the Geography Department’s Clayoquot Sound Field Semester, starting in a few months. Looking forward to spending time in the Pacific Rim National Park at the end of January with a lucky group of students coming along for the adventure! I say bring on the waves, winds, surf and rain.
I have just returned from the Coast Mountains – southwestern BC – Bridge Glacier, where the Geography 477 – Field Studies Physical Geography course was held this year. Twelve students spent the week at a remote field site, learning, discovering and collecting data for research projects. It was a week myself (and I imagine the students) will never forget.
It was a busy summer but I managed to sneak in some great hikes, camping adventures and kayak outings when my schedule would allow. This photo is from a wonderful backpacking trip I took with my friend on the Sunshine Coast in July. Fall term is right around the corner, which means I am preparing lectures and course materials. I hope you had a great summer break that was filled with adventure and discovery. See you in the classroom!