Review By Veronica

Weather Permitting is an informative and easy read, perfect for those who are interested in learning more about the weather.

Favourite Quote:

“Hi, I’m glad you’re here” is how I would begin almost all my broadcasts as Canada’s weatherman. For more than twenty-five years, I was a host on The Weather Network and reported on the country’s major weather events for the CBC, too. The job took me from coast to coast, surveying snowstorms, ice storms, hurricanes, and heatwaves. It also gave me the privilege of speaking to Canadians and asking them how they were shaped by these often brief but massive disruptions to the environment and climate. For some, these events were life-changing.

Goodreads Synopsis: 

For more than twenty-five years, Chris St. Clair was on the frontline of Canada’s biggest weather events as a popular presenter on The Weather Network. For the first time, he shares his never-before-told stories covering the country’s most astounding weather events.

From the flooding of the Red River in Winnipeg to the ice storm in Montreal, the hurricanes in Newfoundland, the devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray, the hailstorm in Calgary, and the heat dome and horrifying floods in British Columbia, St. Clair recalls these extreme weather events and relays their impact on communities across the country. He also follows Canadian snowbirds south to Florida and recounts their dramatic escape from record-breaking Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.

A vivid personal narrative with accessible scientific explanations and meteorological analysis, Weather Permitting tells the story of how the weather has shaped the character and psyche of our nation, and is an homage to the strength and resilience of Canadian communities from coast to coast.

I grew up watching Chris on my TV. His weekend weather reports were the first things we watched in the morning at my house. My family’s business is installing irrigation systems, so knowing what the weather will do is super important for us. I loved Chris’s open and friendly weather reports, and watching his special segments called The Science Behind the Weather was interesting. I was excited to see that he had written a book about major weather events in Canada. 

I like this book. It’s a fast and easy read. It was interesting to get a more in-depth look at some significant weather events that hit Canada throughout the years. I even remember some of these events. If you love learning about weather and want to know the science behind these weather events, you will like this book. Chris does a great job of bringing the science of weather to everyday people. I understand everything he was talking about in this book, which is saying a lot because I struggle with science. Chris has an open and friendly way of explaining things.   

Chris does include some personal connections or stories to these events, which was a nice touch. I loved reading those more personal stories, and I wish there were more in the book. I was expecting a more personal touch to the overall book. And I did find that the writing was a little disjointed. The transition between personal stories and scientific facts wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. 

Weather Permitting is an interesting book about weather events in Canada. 

Thank you, Simon and Schuster Canada, for the copy in exchange for an honest review.