David M. L. Sills

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David Sills
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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Alma materYork University
Known forResearch on tornadoes in Canada; severe storms nowcasting; investigations related to lake-breeze circulations
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Western Ontario
ThesisLake and Land Breezes in Southwestern Ontario: Observations, Analyses and Numerical Modelling (1998)
Doctoral advisorDr. Peter A. Taylor
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David M. L. Sills is a Canadian meteorologist with substantial contributions to severe weather science and mesoscale meteorology. He holds a PhD in atmospheric science and a certificate of Meteorology from York University. He served as a severe weather scientist with Environment Canada (now Environment and Climate Change Canada) in Toronto from 1999 to 2019. In April 2019, he joined the University of Western Ontario as executive director of the Northern Tornadoes Project. Sills is one of Canada's leading experts on tornadoes with numerous related publications. He has worked extensively on Canadian tornado climatology.[1], has considerable experience conducting tornado damage surveys, and led the Canadian implementation of the Enhanced Fujita Scale for tornado damage rating in 2013. He participated in the American VORTEX2 tornado field study in 2009-10[2] and has observed tornadoes in Canada, the United States, and Australia[3]. Sills is also an authority on mesoscale phenomena such as lake breezes and their influence on severe thunderstorms and hazardous air pollution. He served as a principle investigator for several related Canadian meteorological field studies, including ELBOW 2001, BAQS-Met 2007, UNSTABLE 2008 and ECPASS 2015. In addition, he has investigated total lightning detection and develops severe weather prediction techniques and technologies. His work has been featured in various media including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and related web sites: [4] [5] [6] [7] A 9-song indie folk-rock album was released by Sills in 2019. It is available at [8] as well as various music streaming websites. It was produced by Allister Bradley, mastered by João Carvalho, and features musical family and friends. Miranda Mulholland plays fiddle on the song Coldwell Bay.


Environment and Climate Change Canada Citation of Excellence for Exceptional Quality of Work, 2019 CMOS Rube Hornstein Medal in Operational Meteorology, 2017 ([9] Geoff Howell Citation of Excellence for Innovation, 2016.


  1. "News - Tornadoes in Canada: Everything you need to know - The Weather Network". www.theweathernetwork.com.
  2. Cobb, Susan. "VORTEX2". www.nssl.noaa.gov.
  3. https://stormtrack.org/whos-who-in-storm-chasing/dave-sills/
  4. "Are tornadoes in Canada on the rise? A look at the dangerous storms" – via The Globe and Mail.
  5. "Toronto gets a jolt of 3D lightning technology". thestar.com. January 4, 2013.
  6. "News - May 31, 1985 outbreak: How a 'lost' 14th tornado was found - The Weather Network". www.theweathernetwork.com.
  7. http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/magazine/jf12/computers_predict_weather.asp
  8. "Fifty, by Dave Sills". Dave Sills.
  9. http://www.cmosarchives.ca/Awards/Prizewinners/Prizewinners2016/SillsTaillefer.html link

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