The weather of the Victoria area is primarily a function of the region's location in the lee of the Olympic Mountains and Sooke Hills. This combined with the rolling topography and proximity to the ocean produce a diversity of climates over very short distances. Global events thousands of kilometres away affect not only our weather patterns today, but did so in the past when the climate was considerably different.
Rod Chilton has had a life-long interest in the weather. He graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science degree in Climatology in 1971 and went to work for the Provincial Government's Ministry of Environment for a period of ten years. For the past nineteen years he has been a consulting climatologist. Most recently, Rod has been employed as weather observer at Victoria International Airport.