Publications – Dr. David M. L. Sills


Peer-Reviewed and Submitted (*) Articles

*Alexander, L. S., D. M. L. Sills and P. A. Taylor, 2017: Initiation of summer convective storms at mesoscale boundaries in southwestern Ontario. Submitted to Weather and Forecasting. New

*Dehghan, A., Z. Mariani, S. Leroyer, P. Joe, D. Sills and S. Bélair, 2017: Evaluation of modeled lake breezes using an enhanced observational network in southern Ontario: case studies. Submitted to J. Applied Meteorol. Climatol. New

*Joe, P., S. Bélair, N. B. Bernier, V. Bouchet, J. R. Brook, D. Brunet, W. Burrows, J. P. Charland, A. Dehghan, N. Driedger, C. Duhaime, G. Evans, A.-B. Filion, R. Frenette, J. de Grandpré, I. Gultepe, D. Henderson, A. Herdt, N. Hilker, L. Huang, E. Hung, G. Isaac, C.-H. Jeong, D. Johnston, J. Klaassen, S. Leroyer, H. Lin, M. MacDonald, J. MacPhee, Z. Mariani, T. Munoz, J. Reid, A. Robichaud, Y. Rochon, K. Shairsingh, D. Sills, L. Spacek, C. Stroud, Y. Su, N. Taylor, J. Vanos, J. Voogt, J. M. Wang, T. Wiechers, S. Wren, H. Yang, T. Yip, 2017: The Environment Canada Pan and ParaPan American Science Showcase Project. Submitted to Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. New

Mariani, Z., A. Dehghan, P. Joe and D. Sills, 2017: Observations of lake-breeze events during the Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games. Boundary-Layer Meteorol., DOI 10.1007/s10546-017-0289-3. [PDF] New

Brunet, D. and D. Sills, 2017: A generalized distance transform: theory and applications to weather analysis and forecasting. IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing, 55, 1752-1764, 10.1109/TGRS.2016.2632042. [PDF] New

Curry, M., J. Hanesiak, S. Kehler, D. M. L. Sills, and N. Taylor, 2017: Ground-based observations of the thermodynamic and kinematic properties of lake-breeze fronts in southern Manitoba, Canada. Boundary-Layer Meteorol., 163, 143–159, 10.1007/s10546-016-0214-1. [PDF] New

Kopp, G. A, E. Hong, E. Gravanski, D. Stedman and D. Sills, 2016: Assessment of wind speeds based on damage observations from the Angus (Ontario) tornado of June 17, 2014. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 44, 37-47, 10.1139/cjce-2016-0232. [PDF] New

Kehler, S., J. Hanesiak, M. Curry, D. Sills and N. Taylor, 2016: High-Resolution Deterministic Prediction System (HRDPS) simulations of Manitoba lake breezes. Atmos.-Ocean, 54, 93-107, 10.1080/07055900.2015.1137857 [PDF] New

Cheng, V. Y. S., G. B. Arhonditsis, D. M. L. Sills, W. A. Gough and H. Auld, 2016: Predicting the climatology of tornado occurrences in North America with a Bayesian hierarchical modelling framework. J. Climate, 29, 1899-1917, 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0404.1 [AMS Abstract] [PDF] New

Brunet, D. and D. Sills, 2015: An implicit contour morphing framework applied to computer-aided severe weather forecasting. IEEE Signal Processing Letters, 22, 1936-1939, 10.1109/LSP.2015.2447279. [PDF] 

Boodoo, S., D. Hudak, A. Ryzhkov, P. Zhang, N. Donaldson, D. Sills and J. Reid, 2015: Quantitative precipitation estimation from a C-band dual-polarized radar for the 8 July 2013 flood in Toronto, Canada. J. Hydrometeor., 16, 2027–2044, 10.1175/JHM-D-15-0003.1 [PDF]

Wentworth, G. R., J. G. Murphy and D. M. L. Sills, 2015: Impact of lake breezes on ozone, nitrogen oxides, and fine particulate matter levels in the Greater Toronto Area. Atmos Env, 109, 52-60, 2015. [PDF] 

Cheng, V. Y. S., G. B. Arhonditsis, D. M. L. Sills, W. A. Gough and H. Auld, 2015: A Bayesian modeling framework for tornado occurrences in North America. Nature Communications, 6, 6599, 10.1038/ncomms7599. [NatComm Abtract] [PDF] 

Curry, M., J. Hanesiak and D. Sills, 2015: A radar-based investigation of lake breezes in southern Manitoba, Canada. Atmos.-Ocean, 53, 237-250, 10.1080/07055900.2014.1001317. [A-O Abstract] [ePrint

Cheng, V. Y. S., G. B. Arhonditsis, D. M. L. Sills, H. Auld, M. W. Shephard, Wm. A. Gough, and J. Klaassen, 2013: Probability of tornado occurrence across Canada. J. Climate, 26, 9415-9428, 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00093.1 [AMS Abstract] [PDF]

Brook, J. R., P. A. Makar, D. M. L. Sills, K. L. Hayden and R. McLaren, 2013: Exploring the nature of air quality over southwestern Ontario: main findings from the Border Air Quality and Meteorology Study. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 10461–10482, 10.5194/acp-13-10461-2013. [ACP Abstract / PDF]

Stroud, C. A., M. D. Moran, P. A. Makar, S. Gong, W. Gong, J. Zhang, J. G. Slowik, J. P. D. Abbatt, G. Lu, J. R. Brook, C. Mihele, Q. Li, D. Sills, K. B. Strawbridge, M. L. McGuire, and G. J. Evans, 2012: Evaluation of chemical transport model predictions of primary organic aerosol for air masses classified by particle component-based factor analysis. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 8297-8321. [ACP Abstract / PDF]

Hayden, K. L., D. M. L. Sills, J. R. Brook, S.-M. Li, , P. Makar, M. Z. Markovic, P. Liu, K. G. Anlauf, J. M. O’Brien, Q. Li, and R. McLaren, 2011: Aircraft study of the impact of lake-breeze circulations on trace gases and particles during BAQS-Met 2007. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 10173-10192. [ACP Abstract / PDF] 

McGuire, M. L., C.-H. Jeong, J. G. Slowik, R. Y.-W. Chang, J. C. Corbin, G. Lu, C. Mihele, P. J. G. Rehbein, D. M. L. Sills, J. P. D. Abbatt, J. R. Brook, and G. J. Evans, 2011: Elucidating determinants of aerosol composition through particle-type-based receptor modeling. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 8133-8155. [ACP Abstract / PDF] 

Sills, D. M. L., J. R. Brook, I. Levy, P. A. Makar, J. Zhang, and P. A. Taylor, 2011: Lake breezes in the southern Great Lakes region and their influence during BAQS-Met 2007.
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 7955-7973. [ACP Abstract / PDF] 

Taylor, N. M., D. M. L. Sills, J. M. Hanesiak, J. A. Milbrandt, C. D. Smith, G. S. Strong, S. H. Skone, P. J. McCarthy, and J. C. Brimelow, 2011: The Understanding Severe Thunderstorms and Alberta Boundary Layers Experiment (UNSTABLE) 2008. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 92, 739-763. [AMS abstract] [PDF]

Makar, P. A., J. Zhang, W. Gong, C. Stroud, D. Sills, K. L. Hayden, J. Brook, I. Levy, C. Mihele, M. D. Moran, D. W. Tarasick, and H. He, 2010: Mass tracking for chemical analysis: the causes of ozone formation in southern Ontario during BAQS-Met 2007. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 11151-11173. [ACP Abstract / PDF]

Levy, I., P. A. Makar, D. Sills, J. Zhang, K. L. Hayden, C. Mihele, J. Narayan, M. D. Moran, S. Sjostedt, and J. Brook, 2010: Unraveling the complex local-scale flows influencing ozone patterns in the southern Great Lakes of North America, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 10895-10915. [ACP Abstract / PDF]

Makar, P. A., W. Gong, C. Mooney, J. Zhang, D. Davignon, M. Samaali, M. D. Moran, H. He, D. W. Tarasick, D. Sills, and J. Chen, 2010: Dynamic adjustment of climatological ozone boundary conditions for air-quality forecasts. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 8997-9015. [ACP Abstract / PDF

Sills, D. M. L., 2009: On the MSC Forecasters Forums and the Future Role of the Human Forecaster. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 90, 619-627. [AMS Abstract] [PDF]

Sills, D. M. L., J. W. Wilson, P. I. Joe, D. W. Burgess, R. M. Webb, N. I. Fox, 2004: The 3 November tornadic event during Sydney 2000: storm evolution and the role of low-level boundaries. Weather and Forecasting, 19, 22-42. [AMS abstract] [PDF]

Fox, N. I., R. Webb, J. Bally, M. W. Sleigh, C. E. Pierce, D. M. L. Sills, P. I. Joe, J. Wilson and C. G. Collier, 2004: The impact of advanced nowcasting systems on severe weather warning during the Sydney 2000 forecast demonstration project: 3 November 2000. Weather and Forecasting, 19, 97-114. [AMS abstract] [PDF]

King, P. W. S., M. Leduc, D. M. L. Sills, N. R. Donaldson, D. R. Hudak, P. I. Joe, B. P. Murphy, 2003: Lake breezes in Southern Ontario and their relation to tornado climatology. Weather and Forecasting, 18, 795-807. [AMS abstract] [PDF]

Keenan, T., P. Joe, J. Wilson, C. Collier, B. Golding, D. Burgess, P. May, C. Pierce, J. Bally, A. Crook, A. Seed, D. Sills, L. Berry, R. Potts, I. Bell, N. Fox, E. Ebert, M. Eilts, K. O'Loughlin, R. Webb, R. Carbone, K. Browning, R. Roberts and C. Mueller, 2003: 2000 World Weather Research Programme Forecast Demonstration Project: overview and current status. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 84, 1041-1054. [AMS abstract] [PDF]

Hastie, D. R., J. Narayan, C. Schiller, H. Niki, P. B. Shepson, D. M. L. Sills, P. A. Taylor, Wm. J. Moroz, J. W. Drummond, N. Reid, R. Taylor, P. B. Roussel and O. T. Melo, 1999: Observational evidence for the impact of lake breeze circulation on ozone concentrations in southern Ontario. Atmospheric Environment, 33, 323-335. [Elsevier abstract] [PDF]


Non Peer-Reviewed Articles

Sills, D. M. L., 2009: On the MSC Forecasters Forums and the Future Role of the Human Forecaster. CMOS Bulletin SCMO, 37, 147-151. [Abridged version of 2009 BAMS paper of same name]

Taylor, N., D. Sills, J. Hanesiak, J. Milbrandt, P. McCarthy, C. Smith and G. Strong, 2007: The UNderstanding Severe Thunderstorms and Alberta Boundary Layers Experiment (UNSTABLE): a report following the first science workshop, 18-19 April 2007, Edmonton, Alberta. CMOS Bulletin SCMO, 35, 20-28. [PDF]

Bensimon, D. R., S. Desormeaux, M. Gaudette, L. Lefaivre, D. M. L. Sills, G. Simard and J.-F. Voros, 2005: The Third MSC Forecasters' Forum: Overview and Recommendations. CMOS Bulletin SCMO, 33, 87-88.

Sills, D., 2004: In Memoriam - Brian Patrick Murphy (1958-2004). CMOS Bulletin SCMO, 32, 178. [JPG]

Sills, D., M. Leduc, P. King and I. Ruddick, 2004: Meeting Summary: the 12th Annual Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop. CMOS Bulletin SCMO, 32, 23.

Alexander, L., X. Sun, D. Sills and P. Taylor, 2003: An analysis of the tornado outbreak of Nov 10/11, 2002 in the United States. CMOS Bulletin SCMO, 31, 48-57.

Schneider, R. and D. Sills, 2000: Tornadoes strike southern Ontario - 17 July 2000.CMOS Bulletin SCMO, 28, 139-142.

King, P., D. Sills, D. Hudak, P. Joe, N. Donaldson, P. Taylor, X. Qiu, P. Rodriguez, M. Leduc, R. Synergy, and P. Stalker, 1999: ELBOW: An experiment to study the effects of lake breezes on weather in southern Ontario. CMOS Bulletin SCMO, 27, 35-41. [HTML]


PhD Dissertation

Sills, D. M. L., 1998: Lake and land breezes in southwestern Ontario: observations, analyses and numerical modelling. PhD dissertation, CRESS, York University, 338 pp. [PDF] (large document!)


Technical Notes and Reports

Sills, D. M. L., 2013: Enhance Fujita Scale Damage Indicator / Degree Of Damage Guide. Environment Canada, 19 pp. [English PDF] [French PDF

Sills, D. M. L., 2008: Forecasting For the Future: A Discussion of Issues Related to the MSC Forecasters Forum Series. Meteorological Research Division Technical Note #2008-001. Environment Canada, 25 pp. [PDF]

Bensimon, D., S. Desormeaux, M. Gaudette, L. Lefaivre, D. Sills, G. Simard and J.-F. Voros, 2005: Report on the Third Annual Forecasters Forum. Environment Canada, 40 pp.

Sills, D. M. L., 2005: The Research Support Desk Initiative at the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre. Meteorological Research Branch Technical Note #-2005-001. Environment Canada, 30 pp.

Alexander, L., D. M. L. Sills and P. A. Taylor, 2003: ELBOW 2001: Final Data Report. York University, 77 pp, available from the authors.

Keenan, T., P. Joe, J. Wilson, C. Collier, B. Golding, D. Burgess, P. May, C. Pierce, J. Bally, A. Crook, A. Seed, D. Sills, L. Berry, R. Potts, I. Bell, N. Fox, E. Ebert, M. Eilts, K. O'Loughlin, R. Webb, R. Carbone, K. Browning, R. Roberts and C. Mueller, 2002: 2000 World Weather Research Programme Forecast Demonstration Project: overview and current status. BMRC Research Report, No 85, Bureau of Meteorology, GPO Box 1289K Melbourne, Australia, 3001, 28 pp.

Sills, D. M. L., X. Qiu and P. A. Taylor, 1997: SOMOS II: Southern Ontario Oxidant Study - Meteorological Modelling. Final report to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy, 117 pp. [HTML]

Sills, D. M. L. and P. A. Taylor, 1996: SOMOS: Southern Ontario Oxidant Study - Mesoscale Meteorological Analysis, Model Testing and Evaluation. Final report to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy, 108 pp.

Sills, D. M. L., P. A. Taylor and J. R. Salmon, 1994: SOMOS: Southern Ontario Oxidant Study - Meteorological Measurements. Final data report to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy, 87 pp.


Conference Proceedings, Extended Abstracts and Preprints

Sills, D. M. L., A. Ashton, S. Knott, S. Boodoo, S. Bélair, J. Klaassen and H. Yang, 2016: A billion dollar flash flood in Toronto – challenges for forecasting and nowcasting. Extended Abstracts, 28th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Portland, OR, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Paper 5B.5A. [PDF] New

Sills, D., M.-E. Giguère and J. Henderson, 2016: A unique cold-season supercell produces an EF1 ‘snownado’. Extended Abstracts, 28th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Portland, OR, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Paper 1A.1. [PDF] New

Taylor, N. M., D. M. L. Sills, J. M. Hanesiak, C. D. Smith and J. C. Brimelow, 2016: Characterization of the dryline in Alberta: observations from UNSTABLE 2008. Extended Abstracts, 28th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Portland, OR, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Paper 2C.76. [PDF] New

Sills, D. M. L., P. J. McCarthy and G. A. Kopp, 2014: Implementation and application of the EF-scale in Canada. Extended Abstracts, 27th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Madison, WI, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Paper 16B.6 [PDF

Sills, D., H. Yang and P. Joe, 2014: A Lightning Mapping Array in southern Ontario, Canada: uses for severe weather nowcasting. Extended Abstracts, 27th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Madison, WI, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Paper 83 [PDF

Taylor, N. M., W. R. Burrows and D. M. L. Sills, 2014: Post-processing of Canadian regional-scale NWP to develop first-guess forecasts of thunderstorm and severe weather threat areas. Extended Abstracts, 27th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Madison, WI, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Paper 7. [PDF

Dyck, R. J., Hanesiak, N. Taylor and D. Sills, 2014: Tornadic events during UNSTABLE: use of supplemental soundings. Extended Abstracts, 27th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Madison, WI, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Paper 24. [PDF

Sills, D. and A. Ashton, 2012: Examination of a remarkable Great Lake-spawned tornadic supercell: the 2011 Goderich Ontario F3 tornado event. Extended Abstracts, 26th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Nashville, TN, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Paper 6.4. [PDF

Sills, D., V. Cheng, P. McCarthy, B. Rousseau, J. Waller, L. Elliott, J. Klaassen and H. Auld, 2012: Using tornado, lightning and population data to identify tornado prone areas in Canada. Extended Abstracts, 26th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Nashville, TN, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Paper P59. [PDF

Sills, D., N. Driedger and W. Burrows, 2012: Verification of forecaster-generated iCAST thunderstorm nowcasts and comparison to automated thunderstorm forecasts: preliminary results. Extended Abstracts, 3rd World Weather Research Programme Symposium on Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Paper 11.4. [PDF

Makar, P. A., J. Zhang, W. Gong, M. D. Moran, C. Stroud, S. Gong, S. Gravel, J. Brook, K. Hayden, C. Mihele, S. Ménard, D. Talbot, H. Landry, M. Sassi, A. Kallaur, D. Sills, J. Abbatt, and J. Slowik, 2010: High-resolution air-quality modelling of the Windsor-Detroit area using two models: comparisons to BAQS-Met data. Air Pollution Modelling and its Application XX. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series -- C: Environmental Security, Eds. D. G. Steyn and S. T. Rao, 69-73. [PDF]

Sills, D., N. Driedger, B. Greaves, E. Hung and R. Paterson, 2009:  iCAST: a Prototype Thunderstorm Nowcasting System Focused on Optimization of the Human-Machine Mix. Proceedings, 2nd World Weather Research Programme Symposium on Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting, Whistler, British Columbia, Environment Canada DVD-ROM Paper 2.9. [PDF]  

Sills, D. M. L., and N. M. Taylor, 2008: The Research Support Desk (RSD) initiative at Environment Canada: Linking severe weather researchers and forecasters in a real-time operational setting. Preprints, 24th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Savannah, GA, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Paper 9A.1. [PDF] [Recording]

Taylor, N. M., D. M. L. Sills, J. Hanesiak, J. A. Milbrandt, C. D. Smith, G. Strong, S. Skone, P. J. McCarthy, and J. Brimelow, 2008: The Understanding Severe Thunderstorms and Alberta Boundary Layers Experiment (UNSTABLE): Overview and preliminary results. Preprints, 24th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Savannah, GA, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Paper 18.7. [PDF] [Recording]

Flagg, D., J. Brook, D. Sills, P. Makar, P. Taylor, G. Harris, R. McLaren, and P. King, 2007: Lake breezes in southern Ontario: observations, models and impacts air quality. Preprints, 29th NATO/SPS International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application, 24-28 September 2007, Aveiro, Portugal.

Erfani, A., J. Mailhot, S. Gravel, M. Desgagné, P. King, D. Sills, N. Mclennan and D. Jacob, 2005: The high resolution limited area version of the Global Environmental Multiscale model and its potential operational applications. Preprints, 11th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Albuquerque, NM, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., CD-ROM Paper 1M.4 [PDF]

Sills, D., B. Greaves, N. Driedger and R. Paterson, 2005: Development And Use Of A Prototype Nowcasting System Focused On Optimization Of The Human-Machine Mix. Proceedings, World Weather Research Programme Symposium on Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting, Toulouse, France, Meteo France, DVD-ROM Paper 7.27. [PDF]

Sills, D. M. L, S. J. Scriver and P. W. S. King, 2004: The Tornadoes in Ontario Project (TOP). Preprints, 22nd AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms,Hyannis, MA, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., CD-ROM Paper 7B.5. [PDF]

Boodoo, S., D. Hudak, N. Donaldson, R. Paterson and D. Sills, 2003: Summer Severe Weather Occurrence in Southern Ontario – A Climatological Perspective. Preprints, 31st International Conference on Radar Meteorology, Seattle, WA, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 621-624. [PDF]

Sills, D., P. Taylor, P. King, W. Hocking and I. Nichols, 2002: ELBOW 2001 - studying the relationship between lake breezes and severe weather: project overview and preliminary results. Preprints, 21st Severe Local Storms Conference, San Antonio, TX, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 611-614. [PDF]

King, P., B. Murphy, A. Erfani and D. Sills, 2002: The Use of the GEM forecast model at very high resolution during ELBOW 2001. Preprints, 21st Severe Local Storms Conference, San Antonio, TX, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., J125-J128. [PDF]

Murphy, B. P., A. Ashton, P. King and D. Sills, 2002: An Experiment in Subjective Probabilistic Quantitative Precipitation Forecasting: Forecasts and Verification during the ELBOW 2001 Field Study. Preprints, 16th AMS Conference on Hydrology , Orlando, FL, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 130-135. [PDF]

Sills, D., J. Wilson, C. Mueller, N. Fox, D. Burgess, P. Joe, P. Dunda, R. Webb, 2001: Meteorological aspects of the 3 November 2000 severe storms in Sydney, Australia. Preprints, 30th International Conference on Radar Meteorology, Munich, Germany, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 495-497.

Burgess, D. W., P. Joe, R. Potts, T. Keenan, P. May, D. Mitchell, B. Conway, A. Treloar, D. Sills and D. Hudak, 2001: Severe storm detection algorithms for the S2000 Project. Preprints, 30th International Conference on Radar Meteorology,Munich, Germany, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 483-485.

Fox, N., E. Mitchell, P. Dunda, J. Bally, G. Freeman, C. Pierce, M. Sleigh, D. Sills and T. Keenan, 2001: Assessing the impact of advanced nowcasting systems on severe weather warning dissemination. Preprints, 30th International Conference on Radar Meteorology, Munich, Germany, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 498-499.

Greaves, B., R. Trafford, N. Driedger, R. Paterson, D. Sills, D. Hudak, and N. Donaldson, 2001: The AURORA Nowcasting Platform – Extending the Concept of a Modifiable Database for Short Range Forecasting. Preprints, 17th International Conference on Interactive Information and Processing Systems for Meteorology, Oceanography, and Hydrology, Albuquerque, NM, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 236-239.

Sills, D. M. L. and P. W. S. King, 2000: Landspouts at lake breeze fronts in southern Ontario. Preprints, 20th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Orlando, FL, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 243-246. [HTML]

Sills, D., N. Donaldson, N. Driedger, B. Greaves, D. Hudak, P. King, R. Paterson, R. Trafford and C. Banic, 1999: Developments for improved nowcasting in Canada. Extended abstracts, 6th Workshop on Operational Meteorology, Halifax, NS, Atmos. Env. Serv. / Can. Meteorol. Ocean. Soc., 110-111.

Sills, D. and P. King, 1999: Observations and MC2 modelling of severe thunderstorms initiated at lake breeze fronts. Extended abstracts, 6th Workshop on Operational Meteorology, Halifax, NS, Atmos. Env. Serv. / Can. Meteorol. Ocean. Soc., 212-218.

King, P. and D. M. L. Sills, 1998: The 1997 ELBOW Project: an experiment to study the Effects of Lake Breezes On Weather in southern Ontario. Preprints, 19th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Minneapolis, MN, 317-320.

Sills, D. M. L. and P. King, 1998: The 1997 ELBOW Project: high-resolution modelling of lake breezes in a pre-storm environment. Preprints, 19th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Minneapolis, MN, 26-29. [HTML]

Sills, D. M. L. and Wm. Moroz, 1996: Lake breeze circulations resulting in elevated ozone concentrations at Hastings, Ontario. Proceedings, Air and Waste Management Assoc. Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.

Sills, D. M. L. and P.A. Taylor, 1996: Lake breezes and their impact on ground-level ozone transport over southwestern Ontario and southeastern Michigan. Air Pollution Modelling and its Application XI. NATO Challenges of Modern Society Vol. 21, Eds. S.E. Gryning and F.A. Schiermeier, 63-69.

Tangirala, R.S. and D. M. L. Sills, 1995: Application of a mesoscale model to investigate lake breeze effects on high ozone and oxidant episodes in southern Ontario. Preprints, 11th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Charlotte, NC, 158-159.


Conference / Workshop Presentations and Lectures

Sills, D., H. Lin, B. Greaves and H. Yang, 2017: GLM validation over southern Canada using CLDN and SOLMA: an update. 2nd Annual GLM Science Team Meeting, Sep 12-14, Huntsville, AL. New

Sills, D., A. Ashton, S. Knott, S. Boodoo, J. Klaassen, S. Bélair and H. Yang, 2017: The 2013 billion dollar flash flood in Toronto – challenges for operational forecasting and nowcasting. Abstracts, 3rd FloodNet Annual General Meeting, Jun 27-28, Montreal, QC. New

Sills, D., H. Lin, B. Greaves and H. Yang, 2017: Validation of the GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper over Southern Ontario. Abstracts, 25th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, May 16-18, Buffalo, NY. New

Yang, H., E. Hung and D. Sills, 2017: Automated nowcasting of potentially severe thunderstorms based on total lightning jumps using SOLMA. Abstracts, 25th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, May 16-18, Buffalo, NY. New

Sills, D., H. Lin and B. Greaves, 2017: Validation of the GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper over Canada. Abstracts, 51st Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Jun 4-8, Toronto, ON. New

Sills, D., A. Ashton, S. Knott, S. Boodoo, J. Klaassen, S. Bélair and H. Yang, 2017: The 2013 billion dollar flash flood in Toronto – challenges for operational forecasting and nowcasting. Abstracts, 51st Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Jun 4-8, Toronto, ON. New

Taylor, B., D. Sills, G. Isaac and P. Taylor, 2017: A case study on the enhancement of a snow squall by a cold front. Abstracts, 51st Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Jun 4-8, Toronto, ON. New

Brunet, D., N. Driedger and D. Sills, 2017: Automated detection of mesoscale boundaries from multiple sensors: a Bayesian framework. Abstracts, 51st Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Jun 4-8, Toronto, ON. New

Brunet, D., N. Driedger and D. Sills, 2017: Spatial verification of lightning forecasts made during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Abstracts, 51st Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Jun 4-8, Toronto, ON. New

Sills, D., 2017: The low-down on updrafts. Invited, Earth and Space Science and Engineering Seminar, York University, May 12, Toronto, ON. New

Sills, D., 2017: Lightning research at ECCC. Invited, Atmospheric Research Group Seminar, York University, Mar 9, Toronto, ON. New

Dehghan, A., Z. Mariani, S. Leroyer, P. Joe, S. Bélair and D. Sills, 2017: Comparisons between Canadian Limited Area Model (LAM) simulations of the lake breeze and lidar, radar and mesonet measurements during the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games in Toronto. 97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Jan 22-26, Seattle, WA. New

Brook, J., S. Wren, C. Mihele, E. Seed, J. Zhang, D. Sills and C. Stroud, 2017: Dissecting the multiple scales of urban air pollutant variability using a mobile lab. 8th International Workshop on Air Quality Forecasting Research, Jan 10-12, Toronto, ON. New

Stroud, C., D. Sills and P. Joe, 2017: Overview of the 2015 Pan Am Games legacy data set. 8th International Workshop on Air Quality Forecasting Research, Jan 10-12, Toronto, ON. New

Sills, D., J. Voogt, T. Wiechers and D. Liota, 2017: Mobile meteorological measurements during the 2015 Toronto Games. 8th International Workshop on Air Quality Forecasting Research, Jan 10-12, Toronto, ON. New

Yang, H. and D. Sills, 2016: Southern Ontario Lightning Mapping Array (SOLMA) and its potential application to severe thunderstorm nowcasting. Invited presentation, 48th Ontario Climate Advisory Committee Meeting, 24 Nov, Toronto, ON. New

Sills, D., A. Ashton, S. Knott, S. Boodoo, J. Klaassen, S. Bélair, H. Yang, 2016: A billion dollar flash flood in Toronto – challenges for forecasting and nowcasting. Invited presentation, 48th Ontario Climate Advisory Committee Meeting, 24 Nov, Toronto, ON. New

Yang, H. and D. Sills, 2016: Southern Ontario Lightning Mapping Array (SOLMA) and its potential application to severe thunderstorm nowcasting. Invited presentation, 2016 Provincial Flood Forecasting and Warning Workshop, 21 Sep, Vaughan, ON. New

Sills, D., A. Ashton, S. Knott, S. Boodoo, J. Klaassen, S. Bélair, H. Yang, 2016: A billion dollar flash flood in Toronto – forecasting and nowcasting challenges. 2016 Provincial Flood Forecasting and Warning Workshop, 21 Sep, Vaughan, ON. New

Brunet, D., D. Sills, N. Driedger, E. Hung and J. Reid, 2016: On the verification of thunderstorm MetObjects during the 2015 Toronto Games. WMO/WWRP 4th International Symposium on Nowcasting and Very Short Range Forecasting, Jul 25-29, Hong Kong, China. New

Leroyer, S., S. Bélair, L. Spacek, A.-B. Filion, B. Winter, M. Vallée and D. Sills, 2016: Modeling the urban and lake-induced boundary-layers for the Greater Toronto Area. 22nd AMS Symp. on Boundary Layers and Turbulence / 32nd Conf. on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Jun 20-24, Salt Lake City, UT. New

Sills, D., P. Joe, S. Bélair, J. Brook and C. Stroud, 2016: The ECCC Science Showcase during the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games. Abstracts, 50th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, May 29 - Jun 2, Fredericton, NB. New

Sills, D. and M.-E. Giguère, 2016: A rare winter supercell produces an EF1 'snownado’. Abstracts, 50th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, May 29 - Jun 2, Fredericton, NB. New

Reid, J., R. Crawford, B. Hansen, L. Huang, P. Joe and D. Sills, 2016: Canadian contribution to the WMO Aviation Research Demonstration Project (AvRDP). Abstracts, 50th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, May 29 - Jun 2, Fredericton, NB. New

Sills, D., A. Ashton, S. Knott, S. Boodoo, J. Klaassen, S. Bélair, H. Yang, 2016: A billion dollar flash flood in Toronto – meteorological analysis and operational considerations. Abstracts, 24th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, May 17-19, Toronto, ON. New

Yang, H. and D. Sills, 2016: Exploring the utility of SOLMA for severe thunderstorm nowcasting of a QLCS tornado event. Abstracts, 24th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, May 17-19, Toronto, ON. New

Sills, D, 2016: Presentations on preliminary Pan Am Science Showcase results (NexGen Demo, ATMOS/AMMOS, lake breeze analysis). Pan Am Science Workshop, Mar 29-30, Toronto, ON. New

Yang, H. and D. Sills, 2016: Southern Ontario Lightning Mapping Array (SOLMA). Pan Am Science Workshop, Mar 29-30, Toronto, ON. New

Cheng, V. Y. S., G. B. Arhonditsis, D. M. L. Sills, W. A. Gough and H. Auld, 2016: Predicting the climatology of tornado occurrences in North America with a Bayesian hierarchical modelling framework. Severe Convection and Climate Workshop, Mar 9-10, Columbia University, New York, NY. New

Sills, D. and S. Melo, 2015: GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM): an introduction . Satellite Products Working Group meeting / national Webex presentation, Dec 10. 

Sills, D., 2015: 2015 Pan/ParaPan Am Games: Next Generation Forecasting, Nowcasting and Alerting Demonstration , CMC working group meeting, Dec 8, Dorval, QC.

Sills, D., 2015: 2015 Pan/ParaPan Am Games: Next Generation Forecasting, Nowcasting and Alerting Demonstration, Warning Production Renewal Project meeting, Oct 21, Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., 2015: 2015 Pan/ParaPan Am Games: Environment Canada Science Showcase. Abstracts, 23rd International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Aug 25-27, Grand Rapids, MI. 

Sills, D. and M.-E. Giguère, 2015: A rare winter supercell produces an EF1 'snownado’.  Abstracts, 23rd International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Aug 25-27, Grand Rapids, MI. 

Sills, D., 2015: Pan Am 2015 showcase science. Invited presentation, Pan and ParaPan Am Summer Institute on Weather and Health, Jul 6-10, Toronto, ON. 

Brunet, D. and D. Sills, 2015: The mathematics behind severe thunderstorm prediction and alerting. SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences, Jun 29 - Jul 2, Stanford, CA. 

Sills, D., 2015: Tornadoes and decision making. OSPC Community of Practice Workshop, May 22, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2015: Pan Am Showcase Science data and RSD NexGen Demo. Pan Am Games Forecasting Workshops, May 19/21, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2015: Getting the most out of URP velocity data and products for summer severe weather: advanced Doppler interpretation techniques tailored to the URP user experience. Invited presentation, MSC Training and Career Progression Division National Webex Presentation, Apr 16, King City, ON. 

Sills, D., 2015: Storm damage survey training 2015. EC National Storm Damage Survey Training Workshop, Apr 8, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2015: Progress on MetObjects. Semi-Automated Forecast System Workshop, Mar 12-13, Dorval, QC. 

Curry, M. E., J. Hanesiak and D. Sills, 2014: Radar observations of lake breezes in southern Manitoba, Canada. Abstracts, 16th AMS Conference on Mountain Meteorology, 17-22 August, San Diego, CA.

Sills, D., N. Driedger, B. Greaves, E. Hung, D. Brunet, R. Paterson, W. Burrows, H. Yang and N. Taylor, 2014: iCAST - A severe thunderstorm prediction and alerting prototype focused on optimization of the human-machine mix. Presentation, World Weather Open Science Conference, 16-21 August, Montreal, QC. 

Sills, D., 2014: Tornadoes and Tornadogenesis. Invited presentation, Environment Canada National Community of Practice Workshop on Summer Convective Weather, Jun 10, Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., 2014: Storm damage survey training 2014. EC National Storm Damage Survey Training Workshop, Apr 9, Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., 2014: Tornadoes in Canada: Improving our understanding. Invited presentation, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction Friday Forum, Mar 21, Toronto, ON. [PDF

Sills, D., 2013: A fresh spin on tornado climatology and impacts in Canada. Invited presentation, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission workshop, Dec 4, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2013: A fresh spin on tornado occurrence and wind damage rating in Canada. Invited presentation, WindEEE Scientific Symposium, Oct 16, Western University, London, ON.

Sills, D., N. Driedger, B. Greaves, E. Hung, R. Paterson, W. Burrows and J. Chiu, 2013: iCAST: A thunderstorm nowcasting and alerting prototype focused on optimization of the human-machine mix. Abstracts, 13th EMS Annual Meeting & 11th European Conference on Applications of Meteorology (ECAM), Sept 9-13, Reading, UK. [PDF]

Hudak, D., D. Sills, N. Donaldson, G. Robinson and J. Reid, 2013: Environment Canada’s five minute operational radar scanning experiment. Abstracts, 47th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, May 26-30, Saskatoon, SK. [Abstract]

Cheng, V., G. Arhonditsis, D. Sills, H. Auld, M. Shephard, W. Gough, and J. Klaassen, 2013: Probability Of tornado occurrence across Canada. Abstracts, 47th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, May 26-30, Saskatoon, SK. [Abstract

MacPhee, J., D. Sills, P. Joe and R. Simpson, 2013: Pan Parapan American Games 2015 – atmospheric monitoring. Abstracts, 47th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, May 26-30, Saskatoon, SK. [Abstract]

Hanesiak, J., M. Curry, D. Sills and N. Taylor, 2013: Effects of Lake Breezes On Weather (ELBOW) – Manitoba: background and field project plans for 2013. Northern Plains Convective Storm Symposium, May 13-14, Grand Forks, ND. 

Sills, D., 2013: The Enhanced Fujita scale for wind damage rating. Various EF-scale training presentations Apr/May 2013, Toronto, ON. [PDF English] [PDF French

Sills, D., 2013: New EC research initiatives in the Great Lakes region. Abstracts, 21st International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Apr 30, Toronto, ON. [PDF

Sills, D., 2013: Storm damage survey training 2013. EC National Storm Damage Survey Training Workshop, Apr 3, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2012: Lake breezes and other mesoscale features affecting air quality. Invited lecture for the Integrating Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics from Earth to Space (IACPES) summer school, York University, Toronto, ON. [PDF

Sills, D. and P. Joe, 2012: Severe weather nowcasting with iCAST and CARDS. WSN12 training workshop, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Sills, D., 2012: Storm damage survey training 2012. EC Storm Damage Survey Training Workshop, Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., 2012: A fresh spin on tornadoes. CMAC-E Change of Season Workshops, Montreal, QC. 

Sills, D., 2012: A fresh spin on tornadoes. ASPC Change of Season Workshop, Dartmouth, NS. 

Greaves, B., D. Sills, N. Driedger and E. Hung, 2012: Testing the utility of meteorological objects in warning scenarios - an iCAST update. Abstracts, 46th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, May 29 - June 1, Montreal, QC. 

Ashton, A., D. Sills and S. Knott, 2012: Destruction in the ‘prettiest town in Canada’ – an examination of the Goderich Ontario F3 tornado. Abstracts, 46th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, May 29 - June 1, Montreal, QC. 

Sills, D., N. Driedger and W. Burrows, 2012: Verification of forecaster-generated iCAST thunderstorm nowcasts and comparison to automated thunderstorm forecasts: preliminary results. Presentation to MSC Technical Transfer Advisory Committee (TTAC), Toronto, ON. [PDF]

Sills, D., 2012: The Enhanced Fujita Scale for wind damage rating. Presentation to MSC Technical Transfer Advisory Committee (TTAC), Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2012: The Research Support Desk (RSD) 2012. OSPC Change of Season Workshops, Toronto, ON.

Ashton, A. and D. Sills, 2012: Destruction in the ‘prettiest town in Canada’ – an examination of the Goderich Ontario F3 tornado. OSPC Change of Season Workshops, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2012: A fresh spin on tornadoes. Invited presentation for Pelmorex - The Weather Network, Oakville, ON.

Ashton, A. and D. Sills, 2012: Destruction in the ‘prettiest town in Canada’ – an examination of the Goderich Ontario F3 tornado. Invited presentation for Pelmorex - The Weather Network, Oakville, ON.

Ashton, A. and D. Sills, 2012: Destruction in the ‘prettiest town in Canada’ – an examination of the Goderich Ontario F3 tornado. Abstracts, 20th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Mar 14-16, Chicago, IL.

Sills, D., 2012: A fresh spin on tornado occurrence and intensity in Ontario. Abstracts, 20th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Mar 14-16, Chicago, IL. [PDF]

Sills, D., 2012: A fresh spin on tornadoes. Invited presentation for York Atmospheric Science Club, Toronto, ON.

Makar, P., J. Brook, D. Sills, K. Hayden, C. Stroud, M. Moran, J. Zhang, W. Gong, S. Gong, C. Mihele, Q. Li, and D. Davignon, 2011: The Border Air Quality and Meteorology Study (BAQS-Met): overview, comparisons between observations and models, and lessons learned. Abstracts, 45th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, June 5-9, Victoria, BC. 

Sills, D., 2011: Storm damage survey training 2011. EC Storm Damage Survey Training Workshop, Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., 2011: Decision making in the forecasting environment. OSPC Change of Season Workshops, Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., 2011: Tornado-producing storms: conceptual models and forecasting/nowcasting. OSPC Change of Season Workshops, Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., 2011: Convective nowcasting techniques and 2011 RSD plans. OSPC Change of Season Workshops, Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., 2011: Tools for wind damage classification, rating and reporting. Presentation to MSC Technical Transfer Advisory Committee (TTAC), Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., J. Brook, I. Levy, P. Makar, J. Zhang, P. Taylor, K. Hayden and L. Elliott, 2011: Lake breezes in the lower Great Lakes during BAQS-Met 2007. Abstracts, 19th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Mar 21-23, Ithaca, NY.  [PPS]

Sills, D., N. Driedger, B. Greaves, E. Hung, R. Paterson, and W. Burrows, 2010: iCAST: A severe storm nowcasting prototype focused on optimization of the human-machine mix. Preprints, 25th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Oct 11-14, Denver, CO. [Abstract] [Recording] 

Driedger, N., B. Greaves, E. Hung, R. Paterson, and David Sills, 2010: Progress on the Use of Meteorological Object Representations For Convective Storm Warnings – an iCAST Update. Abstracts, 44th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, May 31 - June 4, Ottawa, ON. 

Sills, D., N. Driedger, and E. Hung, 2010: Comparing GEM 15 km, GEM-LAM 2.5 km and RUC 13 km Model Simulations of Mesoscale Features over Southern Ontario. Abstracts, 18th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Mar 22-24, Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., 2010: Storm damage survey training 2010. Storm Damage Survey Training Workshop, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2010: The Research Support Desk Initiative at Environment Canada. Invited presentation to visiting delegates of the Chinese Meteorological Agency. January 20, Toronto, ON.

Taylor, N. M.,  D. M. L. Sills, J. Hanesiak, J. A. Milbrandt, C. D. Smith, G. Strong, S. Skone, P. J. McCarthy, and J. C. Brimelow, 2009: The Understanding Severe Thunderstorms and Alberta Boundary Layers Experiment (UNSTABLE) 2008: Preliminary Results. College of DuPage Severe Weather Symposium, 5-7 November, Downers Grove, IL. 

Sills, D., 2009: Overview of Environment Canada participation in VORTEX-2. Invited presentation for Assistant Deputy Minister Brian Gray. July 13, Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., J. Brook, K. Hayden, P. Makar, P. Taylor and L. Hill, 2009: Lake Breezes in SW Ontario and Their Influence During BAQS-Met 2007. Abstracts, 43rd Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 31 May - 4 June, Halifax, NS. [PPS

Sills, D., N. Taylor, C. Smith, G. Strong and J. Hanesiak, 2009: Mesonet Observations during the UNSTABLE 2008 Pilot. Abstracts, 43rd Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 31 May - 4 June, Halifax, NS. [PPS

Sills, D., N. Driedger and E. Hung, 2009: Comparing GEM Regional, GEM-LAM 2.5 and RUC Model Simulations of Mesoscale Features over Southern Ontario. Abstracts, 43rd Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 31 May - 4 June,  Halifax, NS. [PPS

Sills, D., 2009: The MSC Forecasters Forums and the Future Role of the Human Forecaster. Abstracts, 43rd Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 31 May - 4 June, Halifax, NS. [PPS

Sills, D., 2009: Damage survey training and 2009 RSD plans. OSPC Change of Season Workshops, April 22nd and 24th, Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., 2009: Damage survey training 2009. Annual Damage Survey Training Workshop, April 9th, Toronto, ON. 

Sills, D., 2009: Testing Convective Nowcasting Techniques on the RSD. Invited Presentation, Spring Workshop, April 8th, Buffalo, NY. 

Wong, S., Q. Li and D. Sills, 2009: Lake Environment Influences on Air Quality in Southern Ontario Case Study: Sept 2-3 2008. Abstracts, 2009 National Air Quality Conferences: Air Quality Forecasting and Mapping, March 2-5, Addison, TX. 

Sills, D. M. L., and N. M. Taylor, 2009: The Research Support Desk (RSD) initiative at Environment Canada: Linking severe weather researchers and forecasters in a real-time operational setting. Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate Research Seminar, March 3, Toronto, ON. [PPS

Sills, D., J. Brook and P. Taylor, 2008: Lake Breezes in Southwestern Ontario and Their Influence During BAQS-Met 2007. Invited Presentation AGU Fall Meeting, December 15-19, San Francisco, CA. [PPS

Brook, J. R.., P. Makar, D. Sills, R. McLaren and K. Hayden, 2008: Motivation, Design and Highlights of the 2007 Border Air Quality and Meteorology Study. Invited Presentation, AGU Fall Meeting, December 15-19, San Francisco, CA.

Stroud, C., P. Makar, W. Gong, J. Zhang, J. Brook, K. Hayden, D. Sills, J. Murphy, G. Evans and R. McLaren, 2008: Chemical Processing of Secondary Aerosol Components in Lake-Breeze Circulations: High Resolution Air Quality Modelling Results from the BAQS-Met Study. Abstracts, AGU Fall Meeting, December 15-19, San Francisco, CA.

Makar, P. A., J. Zhang, W. Gong, C. Stroud, M. D. Moran, S. Gravel, J. Brook, K. Hayden, D. Sills, S. Gong and R. McLaren, 2008: BAQS-Met Air-Quality Modelling Using AURAMS: Overview, Main Pollution Events, and Initial Model Evaluation. Abstracts, AGU Fall Meeting, December 15-19, San Francisco, CA.

Hayden, K. L., S. Li, D. Sills, J. R. Brook, P. Liu, C. Stroud, S. Sharma, P. Makar, G. Lu, K. G. Anlauf, W. Strapp and J. M. O'Brien, 2008: Aircraft measurements of trace gases and particles during BAQS-Met. Abstracts, AGU Fall Meeting, December 15-19, San Francisco, CA.

Sills, D., 2008: BAQS-Met update: Quality control and analysis of surface mesonet data. BAQS-Met Data Workshop, November 5, Toronto, ON.

Wong, S., Q. Li and D. Sills, 2008: Lake Environment Influences on Air Quality in Southern Ontario Case Study: Sept 2-3 2008. Abstracts, 17th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Oct 8-10, Ann Arbor, MI.

Taylor, N. M., D. Sills, J. Hanesiak, J. Milbrandt, C. Smith, G. Strong, J. Brimelow, and P. McCarthy, 2008: The Understanding Severe Thunderstorms and Alberta Boundary Layers Experiment (UNSTABLE): an update on scheduled field activities in 2008. PASPC Spring Workshop, Winnipeg, MB.

Sills, D., 2008: Storm damage survey training 2008. Storm Damage Survey Training Workshop, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2008: Testing convective nowcasting techniques on the RSD. OSPC Change of Season Workshops, Toronto, ON.

Joe, P., I. Zawadzki, C. Landry, D. Sills and G. Isaac, 2008: Nowcasting systems in Canada. Japan Meteorological Agency International Hazardous Winds Workshop, January 8, Tokyo, Japan.

Newark, M., J. Anderson, D. Sills, P. King, D. Etkin and P. Joe, 2008: Tornado climatology in Canada. Japan Meteorological Agency International Hazardous Winds Workshop, January 8, Tokyo, Japan.

Sills, D., P. Taylor, T. Stapf, B. Drummond, and T. Bukhman, 2007: BAQS-Met Meteorological Data Summary. First BAQS-Met Data Workshop, December 7, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2007: Severe Thunderstorms - Basics to Bleeding Edge. Guest lecture, Cloud Physics and Radar Meteorology Course, Dept. of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, November 21, Toronto, ON.

King, P., M. Leduc, I. Ruddick and D. Sills, 2007: The Woodstock Tornado Revisited in View of Current Conceptual Models. Abstracts, 41st Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, St. John's, NL.

Sills, D. and N. Taylor, 2007: The UNderstanding Severe Thunderstorms and Alberta Boundary Layers Experiment (UNSTABLE): testing of mesonet instrumentation. Abstracts, 41st Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, St. John's, NL.

Taylor, N. and D. Sills, 2007: The UNderstanding Severe Thunderstorms and Alberta Boundary Layers Experiment (UNSTABLE): project overview. Abstracts, 41st Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, St. John's, NL.

Taylor, N. and D. Sills, 2007: UNSTABLE science question 1: ABL processes - water vapour and convergence boundaries – part 1. First UNSTABLE Science Workshop, April 18-19, Edmonton, AB.

Sills, D. and N. Taylor, 2007: UNSTABLE science question 1: ABL processes - water vapour and convergence boundaries – part 2. First UNSTABLE Science Workshop, April 18-19, Edmonton, AB.

Sills, D., 2007: Damaging wind phenomena, classification, and surveying techniques. Ontario Storm Damage Surveying Workshop, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2007: Damaging wind phenomena, classification, and surveying techniques. OSPC Change of Season Workshops, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2007: Tornado-producing storms: conceptual models and forecasting/nowcasting. OSPC Change of Season Workshops, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2007: The Research Support Desk at the OSPC: update for 2007. OSPC Change of Season Workshops, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2007: Advances in mesoscale analysis and nowcasting related to summer severe weather. Cloud Physics and Severe Weather Research Section Symposium, Toronto, ON.

Taylor, N. and D. Sills, 2007: UNderstanding Severe Thunderstorms and Alberta Boundary Layers Experiment (UNSTABLE). Drought Research Initiative (DRI) Workshop #2, Winnipeg, MB.

Lin, H, Q. Li, D. Sills, J. Brook, L. Alexander and P. King, 2007: Lake Breeze Effects on Air Quality in the Southern Ontario. Abstracts, Ninth Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry, San Antonio, TX, Amer. Meteorol. Soc.

Sills, D., 2006: BAQS-Met: How we got here. BAQS-Met Science and Planning Workshop, Toronto, ON.

Erfani, E., J. Mailhot, A. Methot, S. Gravel, M. Desgagne, A. Plante, D. Sills, P. King and A. Ashton, 2006: The 2.5 km horizontal resolution limited area version of the Global Environmental Multiscale model over southern Ontario and Quebec. Abstracts, 15th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Oct 25-27, Niagara Falls, ON.

Mengesha, Y., D. Rodgers and D. Sills, 2006: Mesoscale patterns associated with MCS of 17 July 2006 in southern Ontario. Abstracts, 15th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Oct 25-27, Niagara Falls, ON.

Sills, D., 2006: Bow-echo tornadoes: new insights from the wilds of Ontario, Abstracts, 15th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Oct 25-27, Niagara Falls, ON.

Lin, H, Q. Li, D. Sills, J. Brook, L. Alexander and P. King, 2006: Lake Breeze Effects on Air Quality in the Southern Ontario. Abstracts, Fourth Canadian Workshop on Air Quality, Banff, AB, Env. Canada.

Sills, D., N. Driedger, B. Greaves, P. King, M. Leduc and R. Paterson, 2006: The Research Support Desk (RSD) Initiative at Environment Canada: Recent Results and Future Plans. Abstracts, 40th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Toronto, ON.

Alexander, L. and D. Sills, 2006: ELBOW 2001: Generation of a Low-Level Mesoscale Boundary Inventory. Abstracts, 40th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2006: Damaging wind phenomena, classification, and surveying techniques. Ontario Storm Damage Surveying Workshops, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2006: Tornado-producing storms: conceptual models and forecasting/nowcasting. OSPC Change of Season Workshops, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., S. Khodayar and P. Taylor, 2006: Lake breezes and air quality during ELBOW 2001. BAQS-Met Planning Workshop, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D. and P. King, 2006: MRD use of GEM 2.5: past, present and future. GEM 2.5 Workshop, Dorval, PQ.

Sills, D., B. Greaves, N. Driedger and R. Paterson, 2005: Development and use of a prototype nowcasting system focused on optimization of the human-machine mix. Provincial Flood Forecasting and Flood Warning Committee Meeting, Sept. 21, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2005: The Research Support Desk at the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre. Abstracts, 14th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Sept. 14-16, Grand Rapids, MI.

Bensimon, D., D. Sills, S. Desormeaux, M. Gaudette, L. Lefaivre, G. Simard and J.-F. Voros, 2005: The Third MSC Forecasters Forum: overview and recommendations. Abstracts, 39th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, May 31 - June 3, Vancouver, BC.

Greaves, B., D. Sills, N. Driedger, J. Reid, E. Bradbury, R. Paterson and B. Brodie, 2005: Using enhanced graphic production for decision support. Abstracts, 39th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, May 31 - June 3, Vancouver, BC.

Sills, D., 2005: The Research Support Desk at the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre. Abstracts, 39th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, May 31 - June 3, Vancouver, BC.

Sills, D., 2005: Boundary-related convective nowcasting techniques / RSD in 2005. OSPC Change of Season Workshops, Apr 19 and 21, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D. and P. Joe, 2005: Nowcasting and the human-machine mix. Third Annual MSC Forecasters Forum, February 15-17, Montreal, PQ.

Ford, R. P., D. Sills and P. King, 2004: BAQSmet - An intensive meteorological field study in the Detroit-Windsor region. Abstracts, 13th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Buffalo, NY.

Sills, D., 2004: Lake breezes in southwestern Ontario: impacts on air quality and severe weather. Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc., Guelph, ON

Sills, D., 2004: Lake breezes and pollutant transport in the Windsor-Detroit area. Border Air Quality Study - Meteorological Measurements Science Workshop, June 9-10, Toronto, ON.

Alexander, L. and D. Sills, 2004: ELBOW 2001: Analysis of low-level boundaries in southwestern Ontario. Abstracts, 38th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Edmonton, AB.

Sills, D. M. L. and S. J. Scriver, 2004: The Tornadoes in Ontario Project (TOP). Abstracts, 38th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Edmonton, AB.

Kochtubajda, B., D. R. Hudak, D. M. L. Sills, S. Boodoo and M. Lapalme, 2004: The Edmonton Severe Thunderstorm of 7 August 2003. Abstracts, 38th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Edmonton, AB.

Sills, D., 2004: The Future Role of the Operational Forecaster from a Research Perspective. Science-Operations Connections Forum, February 24-26, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D., 2003: The detection of lake breeze fronts during ELBOW 2001 using a variety of observational platforms. Abstracts, 12th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, London, ON.

Firanski, B. and D. Sills, 2003: A comparative case study of lake breeze convective precursors during ELBOW 2001. Abstracts, 37th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Ottawa, ON.

Sills, D. and L. Hill, 2003: ELBOW 2001: The detection of lake breeze fronts using a variety of observational platforms. Abstracts, 37th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Ottawa, ON.

Sills, D. , J. Wilson, P. Joe, D. Burgess, R. Webb, and N. Fox, 2003: Thunder down under: a tornadic supercell in Sydney, Australia, and the role of low-level boundaries. Abstracts, 37th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Ottawa, ON.

Sills, D., 2003: Severe Thunderstorms and Boundaries: Results from the Sydney 2000 and ELBOW 2001 Projects. Invited Presentation, US National Weather Centre Seminar Series, Norman, OK.

Sills, D. M. L., 2002: Thunder down under: a tornadic supercell in Sydney, Australia, and the role of low-level boundaries. Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, York University, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D. M. L., P. Taylor, P. King, W. Hocking, and I. Nichols, 2002: ELBOW 2001 - studying the relationship between lake breezes and severe weather: overview and latest results. Abstracts, 11th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Traverse City, MI.

Sills, D. M. L., P. Taylor, P. King, W. Hocking, A. Schaafsma, I. Nichols, L. Alexander and B. Firanski, 2002: The Effects of Lake Breezes On Weather (ELBOW) 2001: project overview and preliminary results. Abstracts, 36th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Rimouski, PQ.

King, P., B. Murphy, A. Erfani and D. Sills, 2002: The Use of the GEM forecast model at very high resolution during ELBOW 2001. Abstracts, 36th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Rimouski, PQ.

Sills, D. M. L., 2002: ELBOW 2001 overview and status / preliminary Sydney 2000 results. NWSFO Buffalo spring workshop, Buffalo, NY.

Firanski, B., D. Sills, D. Hudak, N. Donaldson and P. Taylor, 2002: Radar observations of lake breeze induced summer convective storms. Abstracts, EGS XXVII General Assembly, April 21-26, Nice, France.

Sills, D. M. L., P. Taylor, P. King, W. Hocking, I. Nichols and A. Schaafsma, 2001: ELBOW 2001: The Effects of Lake Breezes On Weather Project, Abstracts, 35th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Winnipeg, MB.

King, P., D. Sills, P. Taylor, L. Alexander and B. Firanski, 2001: ELBOW 2001: The Effects of Lake Breezes On Weather. Abstracts, 10th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Cleveland, OH.

Sills, D., 2000: Lake breezes and the tornadoes of 17 July 2000. Abstracts, 8th Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D. M. L. and P. W. S. King, 1999: Observations and modelling of a lake breeze initiated severe thunderstorm during ELBOW 97. Abstracts, 8th Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI.

Qiu, X., D. Sills, and P. Taylor, 1999: Simulation of an intense local storm triggered by lake breeze convergence. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 1, No. 2, 422.

Qi, Y., X. Qiu, D. Sills and P. Taylor, 1998: Lake breeze modelling with MC2. Abstracts, 32nd Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Dartmouth, NS.

Sills, D. M. L., 1997: Lake breeze triggered thunderstorms: do they pose a significant severe weather threat? Abstracts, 31st Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Saskatoon, SK.

King, P. W. S. and D. M. L. Sills, 1997: Some aspects of tornado climatology in southern Ontario. Abstracts, 31st Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Saskatoon, SK.

Sills, D. M. L., 1997: Severe weather events during the ELBOW experiment. Abstracts, 6th Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D. M. L., 1996: A revised lake breeze index. Abstracts, 30th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D. M. L. and P.A. Taylor, 1996: Using MC2 to model lake breezes in southwestern Ontario and southeastern Michigan and their impact on boundary layer ozone transport. Abstracts, 30th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D. M. L. and Wm. J. Moroz, 1996: Lake breeze circulations resulting in elevated ozone concentrations at Hastings, Ontario. Abstracts, 30th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D. M. L. and P.A. Taylor, 1995: Lake breezes in southwestern Ontario with implications for the transport of ground-level ozone. Abstracts, 29th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Kelowna, BC.

Sills, D. M. L., 1995: Mesoscale modelling of lake and land breezes in southwestern Ontario. Environment and Energy Conference of Ontario, Toronto, ON.

Sills, D. M. L., P.A. Taylor and J.R. Salmon, 1994: Surface mesonet data for the 1993 Southern Ontario Oxidant Study. Abstracts, 28th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Ottawa, ON.

Sills, D. M. L. and P.A. Taylor, 1994: Observations of lake and land breezes in southwestern Ontario. Environment and Energy Conference of Ontario, Toronto, ON.



Conference / Workshop Committees


Co-convener for UNSTABLE Science Workshop, Edmonton, AB, 2007.

Co-convenor for BAQS-Met Sciene Workshop, Toronto, ON, 2006.

Local organizer and session chair for the 15th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, Niagara Falls, ON, 2006.

Session chair and lab leader for the 7th Operational Meteorology Workshop: Nowcasting and Remote Sensing in Canada, Toronto, ON, 2006.

Organizing committee and session chair for the 3rd MSC Forecasters Forum, Montreal, PQ, 2005.

Local organizer, scientific committee and session chair for 12th International Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop, London, ON, 2003.



Other Media

Interview/story in the Toronto Star regarding a 3D total lightning system for the Greater Toronto Area, 2012 [link]

Interview/story on The Weather Network regarding the WindEEE tornado simulator, 2012 [link]

Interview/story in Canadian Geographic regarding severe storm research and the role of numerical weather prediction, 2012 [link]

Interview/story on The Weather Network regarding the Enhanced Fujita Scale, 2012 [link]

Interview/story on The Weather Network regarding EC damage surveys, 2011 [link]

Interview/story in EC's Envirozine regarding the 2009 EC contribution to VORTEX2, 2010 [link]

Interview/story on The Weather Network regarding the Goderich F3 tornado, 2011 [link]

Media backgrounder on tornadoes in Canada for the Science Media Centre of Canada, 2011 [link]

Sills, D. and M. Leduc, 2007: Mesocyclone Algorithm Update March 2007. K-Stream online tutorial [EC internal link]

Sills, D. and K. Hobelman, 2004: Storm Damage Survey – 17 July 2004 – Sheppardton. Web document [HTML (summary)]

Sills, D. and K. Hobelman, 2004: Storm Damage Survey – 13 July 2003 – Exeter area. Web document [HTML (summary)]

Sills, D., 2003: Storm Damage Survey – 7 August 2003 – Florence. Web document [HTML (summary)]

Sills, D., 2003: Storm Damage Survey – 1 May 2003 – Tecumseh. Web document [HTML (summary)]

Sills, D., I. Ruddick, A. Myatt, and J. Sheremeto, 2002: Ontario severe weather summary. Statement disseminated via circuit on 1 Oct 2002. [HTML]

Sills, D., 2002: Storm damage survey – 10 September 2002 – Ril Lake (Baysville). Web document [HTML (summary)]

Sills, D., 2002: Storm damage survey – 29 July 2002 – King Region. Web document [HTML (summary)]

Sills, D., 2002: Storm damage survey – 22 July 2002 – Aurora, New Tecumseth. Web document [HTML (summary)]

Sills, D., 2001: A short guide to conducting damage surveys. Web document [HTML]

Sills, D., 2001: Tornado verification and classification (needs updating – see TOP article in Publications List). Web document [HTML]

Sills, D. M. L., X. Qiu and P. King, 2000: The Lake Breeze Forecast Utility. HTML Training Document.Web version available internally.

Sills, D., 2000: Storm damage survey – 5 May 2000 - Madoc. Web document [HTML]

Sills, D., 2000: Storm damage survey – 9 May 2000 – southern Essex County. Web document [HTML]

Sills, D., and P. Campbell, 2000: Storm damage survey – 17 July 2000 - Guelph. Web document [HTML]

Sills, D., 2000: Storm damage survey – 17 July 2000 - Melduf. Web document [HTML]

Sills, D., P. King, and C. Floyd, 1999: Storm damage survey - 2 June 1999 – Purple Valley. Web document, available internally.

Sills, D., 1999: Storm damage survey – June 7, 1999 - Toronto. Web document, available internally.

Sills, D., and X. Qiu, 1999: Storm damage survey – July 3, 1999 - Duncan. Web document, currently offline.

Sills, D., M. Payne, and P. Pilon, 1999: Storm damage survey – August 4, 1999 – Flamborough / Burlington. Web document, available internally.

Sills, D., 1999: Storm damage survey – August 4, 1999 – Clear Creek. Web document, available internally.

Payne, M. and D. Sills, 1999: Storm damage survey – August 4, 1999 – Hamilton. Web document, available internally.



Last updated October 2017