Thoreau MacDonald (J.E.H. MacDonald's son) wrote a perfect foreword to Ottelyn Addison's book... ``Tom Thomson : The Algonquin Years``

Thomson’s work would be a fine study for some competent critic, but anyone attempting it should be familiar, not only with every phase of his work, but with the country too. He must know the trees, rocks, lakes, rivers, weather; to have them in his bones ..."

Meteorology was a relatively new science in the early 1900's. It would have been just too perfect if Thoreau had used the word in his foreword. The weather defines Tom's work and the Canadian psyche as much as the landscape - and the science of weather is meteorology. Much of what follows will hopefully convince you of Tom's fascination with the natural world and most notably, the weather.

I do not profess to be an art critic or curator but I am fully qualified to discuss the meteorology in Tom`s art. I do hope that you enjoy the following discussions and that it encourages reflection and positive debate. . In some cases, there are multiple plausible solutions and I attempt to give each a fair presentation. I always try to conclude with the most likely interpretation. Of course, I am making this all up but it is based on some pretty sound science. (About Phil the Forecaster, Web, Blog)

Algonquin Art Centre - Summer 2010 - ACC Website AAC Chadwick
"Northern Trickle" "Dry Wind" "High and Dry" "Crash of the Cataract"
"March Lights the Shadows" "Round Lake Squall" "Round Lake Thunderstorm" "Path Behind Mowat Lodge"
"Autumn Patchwork"      

Tom Thomson Plein Air Records - Creative Scene Investigation - Many more to be posted as time permits...
The West Wind - Sketch First Snow in Autumn - 1916 The Hill in Autumn 1914
Thunderhead Canoe Lake - 1913