You may remember last month I did a two-part article series entitled “Winter storm long ago: Researching my own weather history and memory” (that link is Part I, here’s Part II). Well, I was delighted to see today that the article was picked up and featured by NiCHE (Network in Canadian History/Environment) on its monthly showcase of environmental history that they deem of interest to the #EnvHist community of academics and interested citizens on the Web. Sean Kheraj of York University and Jessica DeWitt of University of Saskatchewan host this show and its related column. Since everybody who’s anybody in the environmental history community online follows NiCHE, this is a great honor. You can see Sean and Jessica’s vlog of the March picks, including my “Winter Storm” piece, above. In addition to my article there are interesting pieces by Adam Sowards, Rebecca Onion, Jesse Guy-Ryan, and Jonathan Saha.
This is now the second time I’ve been featured in this series, the previous one being my well-regarded article on Norway’s climate change drought of 1947, which springboarded from the research of Magnus Vollset of the University of Bergen. I was solo on “Winter Storm,” but I must give kudos, as I do in the article itself, to Alexander Hall, who is currently a postdoc at Newman University and runs a climate history blog, GreenGambit. Alexander pioneered the technique of recording people’s long-ago memories and then checking them against the historical record as a way to gain insight into how people conceive of and memorialize weather and climate in the history of their own lives. This is exactly what I did in “Winter Storm,” and evidently it’s struck a chord.
I realize most readers of this blog aren’t academics or historians, but I like to think that some of the work I do on this site for non-specialists is also (occasionally) relevant or at least interesting to professionals. Being featured on NiCHE is a huge validation. Please check out NiCHE’s website and follow them on Twitter for more of the same.