Volunteer Climate Award - St. Peter's Abbey, Muenster SK 1980

Photo and text below were originally published in March / April 1981 edition of Zephyr

l to r:  Abbot Jerome Weber, O.S.B., Mark Hacksley Assistant Chief, Data Acquisition Central Region, Ken Leek, Inspector Saskatoon weather office and Brother Oswald King, O.S.B.

O.S.B.:  Order of Saint Benedict

AES thanks Abbey for 75-years of climate service

AES does not often get a chance to thank its network of some 2000 volunteer climate observers from all parts of Canada.

But last October 21 a special ceremony was held at St. Peter's Abbey, Muenster, SK to commemorate 75 years of continuous weather recording by monks making meticulous daily observations. The occasion was marked by the handing over of a plaque and the book, "Birds of North America" by Glen Loates to Abbot Jerome Weber and Brother Oswald King (keeper of the weather records). Mark Hacksley (Acting Chief of Data Acquisition, Central Region) and Ken Leek, Inspector, Saskatoon weather office, made the presentations.

Slim black volumes containing daily weather statistics dating back to January 4, 1904 are preserved at the Abbey, and there is a notation that on that date the minimum temperature was -23C and the maximum -17C. Mr. Leek said that it was rare for one family or organization to be involved in climatological observations on one site for as long as 75 years.

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