Canada's Top Ten Weather Stories for 2016

Posted by on Thursday, December 29, 2016
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Each year Environment Canada complies a list of the top 10 weather-makers of the year. This year they made Fort McMurray’s wildfire the number one story.

1. Fort McMurray’s “Fire Beast” 
On May 3, 2016, at 5:00 pm MDT a large wildfire burning southwest of Fort McMurray resulted in the mandatory evacuation of 12 communities in the city's area. Later that evening, all of Fort McMurray was placed under a mandatory evacuation. About one-fifth of homes in the city were reported to be destroyed in the fire.

2. Super El Niño Cancels Winter 
Winter 2015-2016 was the second warmest winter since country-wide records began in 1948.

3. August Long Weekend Storm on the Prairies … Big and Costly 
On July 30, an intense low pressure system with an accompanying cold front swept through Alberta and continued into the eastern Prairies the next day. Wind, rain and hail battered homes. 

4. A Summer to Remember in the East 
It stayed consistently hot, humid, almost dry and fairly quiet from Victoria Day to past Labour Day. 

5. November’s Heat Wave and December’s Deep Freeze 
By mid-November, more than 300 daily records had fallen across the West and North.

6. Arctic Sea Ice Going, Going … 
At the end of May, the Beaufort Sea is normally 92% frozen. This year it was only a little more than half ice-covered.

7. Wild Summer Prairie Weather
It was one of the longest and most active storm seasons ever since statistics were first kept in 1991. 

8. A Tale of Two Springs 
British Columbia, the Yukon and the three Prairie provinces experienced their warmest spring in nearly 70 years. In April, temperatures plummeted with new record minimum temperatures set in several localities in the east.

9. Thanksgiving Day Atlantic Weather Bomb 
Hurricane Matthew was the costliest tropical storm since Sandy and the first Atlantic Category 5 hurricane in nine years.

10. Windsor’s $100 Million Gusher 
A deluge of rain fell in Windsor and Essex County at the end of September.

Reproduced with the permission on Environment Canada.

The Team

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