Tag: David Phillips

Rain 90 Days After Fog — Science or Folklore?

We have many traditions in agriculture. Skills and knowledge in the industry are passed on from generation to generation.  This passing of the knowledge torch is one of the mechanisms that makes agriculture special.  Sometimes our wisdom is built on the passing of legend.  In this case, we’re talking about rain happening ninety days after a… Read more »

Weather Whiplash — Dave Phillips on the Wet-to-Dry Weather Reversal; Outlook for Western Canada

After coping with excess moisture in many instances over the last few years, farmers in much of Western Canada are suffering from a case of “weather whiplash,” as Dave Phillips, veteran meteorologist with Environment Canada, has termed it. Much of the west has received less than 60 percent of average precipitation this growing season, with… Read more »

An Open Fall or a Quick End? A Harvest Weather Update for Western Canada

David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, is not going to predict the first frost of the fall, so let’s just get that out of the way right now. As he says in the interview below, an over-arching weather trend says nothing about occasional frosts — that’s what averages are for — so the date… Read more »

An Ontario Harvest Weather Outlook for 2014 — It Could Be Worse

“Weird, wild and whacky” is how David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, sums up the 2014 growing season to date. From a long, cold winter, to a wet and late spring, and into a rather cool July full of major rain events, farmers in Ontario haven’t been able to catch a break. As the… Read more »

RealWeatherWatch – Warmer Than Normal July May Make Up for Cold, Wet June Out West

On average across the West, this spring has been cool and wet. There have been some warm days, but at this time of year they have been too few and too spread out to do any real good as far crop development comes. The rain, as usual has been both a blessing and a curse… Read more »

RealWeatherWatch – Ontario Growers May See “The Best of Times” – David Phillips

Timing is everything in agriculture, especially when it comes to rain and sunshine. This year in Ontario, that timing on average seems to be right on the money. This growing season around a large portion of Ontario, farmers were able to get a crop in early and watch that crop take advantage of heat and… Read more »

RealWeatherWatch: Eastern Forecast with David Phillips, Environment Canada

The story for most of the East has been a story of too much or too little. From extreme moisture and heat to a lack of timely rain and cooler than usual spring temperatures, the pendulum has swung to the extreme on both ends. That begs the question: Will that pattern continue through the harvest… Read more »

RealWeatherWatch: The Western Canadian Forecast with David Phillips of Environment Canada

For a great deal of farmers, this summer has been fantastic and the harvest weather has been the same. Compared to this time last year the difference has been night and day. So the question now is, will this weather last? Will we see an extended summer this year or will we see an early… Read more »

Did the Iceland Volcano Eruption Cause the Unusual Weather in 2010

I have had many different farmers comment on the potential impact of the Iceland volcano eruption on the weather patterns this year. Was there more of an impact than just cancelled flights in and out of Europe or has the extreme variable weather in 2010 been just a coincidence? Farmers love weather and drawing correlations… Read more »

Is the Fog Ninety Days Ago to Blame?

  If I had a dollar for every time I have heard about the fog 90 days ago causing all this spring time moisture I would be getting rather wealthy at this point.  For those of you that have never heard the prediction it goes as follows.  Ninety days after a fog you are guaranteed… Read more »