David Phillips (climatologist)
David Wayne Phillips, CM (born 8 September 1944) is senior climatologist for Environment Canada (Department of the Environment), and spokesperson for the Meteorological Service of Canada, and author.
Early life and education
Phillips taught high school for a short time. He was then hired by the Meteorological Branch of Transport Canada to conduct research on the Great Lakes in Toronto. The work involved using climatological data to answer questions about climatic records: farmers asking for frost-free seasons or temperature trends, urban planners assessing the location for an airport or about the climatology of the wind for tall-buildings and more general public queries.
In the 1990s Phillips was filmed by the Weather Network, which created a series 90-second trivia shorts about various weather topics entitled "Ask the Expert".
Phillips studies climate and promotes awareness and understanding of weather and climate in Canada. As a weather historian he has collected and catalogued more than 35,000 weather stories. Each year since 1996 he has compiled a list and description of the year's most interesting weather stories.
In 2015, Phillips contiued to make frequent appearances on national radio and television as a commentator on weather and climate matters.
- Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Windsor (2012)
- Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
- Fellow of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
- Patterson Medal for Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada
- Patterson Medal for Distinguished Service to Meteorology in Canada
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
- Twice the Public Service Merit Award
- Honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo and Nipissing University
- Order of Canada (2001)
- Camsell Medal by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (1993)
Phillips authored several books, The Climates Of Canada and two bestsellers The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry and Blame It On The Weather. Phillips published several essays in The Canadian Encyclopedia. He is also the author of The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar. Among his work is the Climatic Severity Index, a ranking of 150 locations in Canada for their most extreme weather.
- "David Phillips Senior Climatologist" (PDF). Environment Canada. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- Canadian Who's Who Search. Grey House Publishing Canada.
- "David Phillips BA '66 :His Business Runs Hot and Cold". University of Windsor Alumni Achievements.
- Dempsey, Amy. "A man for all seasons", Toronto Daily Star, January 16, 2015, extensive feature article on pages I1, I4, I5. Online version published as "We hate the weather, we love Dave Phillips".
- Envirozine (December 13, 2007). "Canada's Weather Guru: A Chat with David Phillips". Environment Canada. Retrieved 2008-10-19.[dead link]
- "Top Ten Weather Stories of 2013 released by Environment Canada". Global News, December 19, 2013 By Nicole Mortillaro
- "Interview with climatologist David Phillips". Radio Canada International, 2011.
- University of Windsor (2012). "2012 Recipient of the Alumni Award of Merit".