Next stop teaching … August

It has been an awesome and rewarding year in the field and classroom. Thank you to the remarkable students, TAs, Faculty and community for inspiring me to never stop learning.


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.


Be Joyful

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.


Put a bird on it!

I am so pleased that two of my photos from this past year will be included in the UVic Geography Department’s 2018 desktop and hanging Calendars. If you are looking for a Geography themed Christmas present for someone, a few calendars are usually available for purchase at the department office.

Let the Storm Watching Field Course planning begin!

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.