Cal­en­dar fo­cuses on P.E.I. weather

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES/COMMUNITY -

Is­lan­ders are de­fined by the weather — at the whim of Mother Na­ture and the weather she brings. It keeps them at home, keeps them from work, keeps their kids from school, yet it brings com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

There’s noth­ing like the weather as a con­ver­sa­tion starter. “Some Weather We’re hav­ing!”, the 2016 Prince Ed­ward Is­land weather trivia cal­en­dar, will help that ban­ter.

Co-au­thored by Don Jar­dine and Adam Fenech and pub­lished by the Cli­mate Re­search Lab at UPEI, this sec­ond edi­tion of the weather trivia cal­en­dar is filled with 366 sto­ries about real lo­cal weather events from across the Is­land over the past 400 years.

“There are so many sto­ries,” said Jar­dine, the cli­mate sta­tion man­ager at the Cli­mate Re­search Lab. “There are some sad ones and some funny ones. Ev­ery­body has a story, we could prob­a­bly fill a hun­dred cal­en­dars.”

Jar­dine and Fenech re­cently put their like minds to­gether for the P.E.I. weather trivia cal­en­dar, tap­ping into Jar­dine’s stock­pile of pho­to­graphic im­ages and re­search he’s been gath­er­ing since 2009 when he was work­ing on a cli­mate change project.

The 2016 cal­en­dar in­cludes sec­tions about the fre­quency, lo­ca­tion and sea­son­al­ity of hur­ri­canes that struck Prince Ed­ward Is­land. It also con­tains de­tails of P.E.I.’s win­ter of 2015, the snowiest in recorded history. The win­ter of 2015 set a new record for the most snow­fall recorded in one year on Prince Ed­ward Is­land: 551 cm, 12 cm more than the pre­vi­ous record set in 1972.

“Be­cause of the na­ture of the Is­land, the way that we live, we’re very af­fected by weather; some­times it keeps us at home or away from school and some­times it drags us to the beaches be­cause it’s so nice,” Fenech says. “The weather really con­trols a lot of what we do and who we are. We say in our cal­en­dar ‘our weather is our story.’ It’s the sto­ries around the weather that are so in­trigu­ing.”

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