Born in Edmonton, Pat joined Environment Canada’s weather service in 1984 as a summer student at the old Alberta Weather Centre. He worked five summers there, on their severe weather team, while attending the University of Alberta’s Meteorology program.
Part of his work was to do storm damage surveys and he became an expert in this area. His biggest damage survey was the Edmonton Tornado in 1987.
Pat graduated in 1988 and took the operational meteorologist course (MOC) at the weather service’s training centre in Downsview, ON. His first posting as a weather forecaster was in Gander, NL in the spring of 1989. After two years in Gander, he was transferred to the Prairie Weather Centre in Winnipeg. He became a severe weather forecaster and eventually became the Severe Weather Supervisor for the office. He was often called upon to be the Departmental spokesperson for major extreme weather events. He also represented Environment Canada on a number of field projects.
Pat has authored or co-authored over twenty scientific papers. There were a lot of changes to the forecasting structure for the Prairies and Arctic over the following few years, but Pat remained in Winnipeg. In 2009, he became the Head of the Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Centre with staff in both Winnipeg and Edmonton. Pat retired in February of this year.
He is a long time member of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and is currently the CMOS Chair for the Winnipeg Centre. He is also a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association and the International Commission on the History of Meteorology.
Pat has been a storm chaser for 35 years. He also helps teach the University of Manitoba’s Storm Chasing course.