Calendar focuses on P.E.I. weather

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A plow tries to push through the snow along Route 20, near the Lake of Shining Waters, in Park Corner in March of 2015. This photo was one of several showing the record snowfall amounts on P.E.I. this year that were shared heavily by traditional and social media. 

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."

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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."

Organizations: Climate Research Lab

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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