Sharron Hatelt at the weather monitoring station in her yard. Image courtesy of Sharron Hatelt.

Quadra Island resident Sharron Hatelt retired from her volunteer weather observer duties with Environment and Climate Change Canada‘s Atmospheric Monitoring Section on Dec. 31, 2022—a position she held continuously since 1983.

Over the years, her tasks consisted of walking out to her yard every morning and evening around 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and recording the measurements for precipitation, as well as the immediate, high and low temperatures for the period, then resetting the equipment for her next reading. She then submitted the data to Environment Canada—mailing it in during the early years, and, more recently, sending the data electronically.

Environment Canada has decided to decommission the Heriot Bay South East station, but its historical data is available online.

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Average annual rainfall in Quadra Island’s Heriot Bay from 1995-2022, as recorded by Hatelt. Image courtesy of Sharron Hatelt.

With the added time now, Hatelt plans to help raise money for Quadra charities, for example, weaving cloth using the tartan pattern she designed herself for Heriot Bay.

Listen to the full CKTZ interview with Sharron Hatelt below:

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.