Join us for the launch of “Some weather we’re having! 2015 PEI Weather Trivia Calendar” written by Don Jardine and Dr. Adam Fenech and published by UPEI’s Climate Research Lab. The launch takes place from 7-9 pm, May 20 at the Carriage House Beaconsfield Historic House in Charlottetown.
Prince Edward Island history comes to life in this first-ever PEI weather trivia calendar of 365 stories about Prince Edward Island weather and its impact on Islanders’ everyday life. This calendar brings stories from North Cape to East Point, West Point to Murray Head – and all points in-between over the past 150 years. It features:
- PEI weather trivia for every day of the year
- Twelve beautiful full-colour PEI weather photographs
- Stories of Prince Edward Island as told by our weather
- Information about tornadoes on Prince Edward Island: their frequency, location and intensity
- Stories of memorable PEI snowstorms from the past seven decades
- Maritime Electric workers reminiscences about severe weather
- Historical PEI weather stories from Samuel Holland (1765), the War of 1812, the Yankee Gale (1851) and the Ice Boats (1855)
As examples, did you know these interesting PEI weather stories?
- Unable to land at Charlottetown Airport due to thick fog in 1943, an RCAF bomber dropped depth charges (bombs) on Mount Edward Road to save fuel.
- Earl Jay’s pigs swam down the street in Mount Stewart after the Kennedy Inaugural Storm of 1961 flooded their barn.
PEI was deprived of a Harvard-trained doctor who died of exhaustion and exposure when caught in a snowstorm for days taking the ice boats across the Northumberland Strait in 1855.
- “Stormy Michael David Kennedy” was born in Freetown in 1992 during a severe snowstorm that required a trip to the hospital behind snow plows.
- A tornado in the Albany area in 1935 sent a 12-year-old boy airborne while holding three chickens. The boy landed safely still holding his three chickens.
- The worst railway accident on PEI, which killed four men, occurred during a heavy snowstorm in 1932 when Train #33 ran into Train #211 which was stalled in a four metre snow pile at Handrahan’s Cutting near Tignish.
A light lunch will be offered. Registration is required. Register by visiting our website at upei.ca/climate or by calling 620-5221.