Jill Colton, staff writer
November 14, 2010 — Canadian weather fans look forward to this all year: The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar. The 2011 edition is officially on the shelves and creator David Phillips says it's filled with 'weird and wonderful stories that will bring a smile to your face.'
Phillips, better known as Canada's weather guru with Environment Canada, says the calendar originally began in black and white some 23 years ago. It's since become the most popular selling calendar in Canada.
It features hundreds of pieces of weather trivia, facts and stories of the nation's best weather information. 'Everyday has something, it's something found last year or 100 years ago.'
Phillips says that he looks at everything from old newspapers to diaries to compile the trivia. 'I probably have close to 35,000 weather stories in my collection.'
The calendar is truly a passion for Phillips. 'It's a labour of love for me...I love putting this together and share it with Canadians.'
Although it may looked Photoshopped, the front cover is a photograph taken by former Free Press photographer Marc Callant of lightning striking a church north of Winnipeg.
The 2011 Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar is available in stores now and, for the first time ever, contains a pull-out cloud poster.