Environment Canada

Environment Canada

March 18, 2010 11:56 ET

Environment Canada Awards Local Climate Observer for Excellence During 25 Years of Service

COWICHAN LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2010) - Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, today recognized Ian Cairns as the recipient of the Morley K. Thomas Award in appreciation for excellence in climate observing at the Cowichan Lake Research Station of the B.C. Ministry of Forests and Range. Mr. Cairns was presented with the award this week by Pat Wong of Environment Canada's regional office.

"We depend on dedication of individuals like Ian Cairns to help build a comprehensive climate history in Canada. We extend a huge thank you to Mr. Cairns and the B.C. Ministry of Forests and Range for continuing an important tradition," said Minister of Prentice.

Every morning and evening since 1981, Mr. Cairns has collected climate information and recorded temperatures ranging from -15.0° degrees to +38.0°. With the support of his employer, B.C. Ministry of Forests and Range, his monthly reports to Environment Canada have helped create a valuable record of climate at the Cowichan Lake Research Station that spans back 60 years.

Each year, Environment Canada presents certificates and awards to individuals and families who have reached milestones as climate observers. Climate observers across Canada are usually volunteers who record high and low temperatures twice daily as well as other weather characteristics such as the amount of snow or rain that has fallen. They are important contributors to a comprehensive climate record of more than 200 million observations dating as far back as 1840. The archive, maintained by Environment Canada, is available at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

The Morley K. Thomas Award was created and named after one of Canada's leading climatologists in 1982 when he retired from the Environment Canada. Morley K. Thomas was the principal architect of the Canadian Climatological Program and Canada's foremost authority on both the practical and scientific aspects of climatology, publishing over 70 books and articles, including the Climatological Atlas of Canada, the Bibliography of Canadian Climate and, with F.K Hare, Climate Canada.

(Egalement offert en français)

Contact Information

  • Environment Canada
    Atmospheric Monitoring Division
    Pat Wong
    Cell: 778-228-2975