Canada’s Top Ten Weather Stories for 2010


Mother Nature reminded the world who’s boss in 2010. From devastating killer earthquakes to menacing volcanoes and ever-frightening tsunamis, her wrath was widespread and powerful. When it came to the weather, relentless, unstoppable extremes wrecked havoc everywhere. Thousands of people lost their lives and millions more were left homeless and out of work. Among this year’s worst weather disasters were: a millennium-record heat wave and massive wildfire in Russia; the worst monsoonal flooding in Pakistan’s history; rain-induced landslides and the worst floods in decades in China; severe drought in sub-Saharan Africa and the Amazon basin; and the calving of the largest iceberg in nearly 50 years in Greenland. Unbelievably, these weather events all happened over a one-month period!

Canadians were left in awe of the power and force of Nature, but also quietly thankful for living in a country that – while not immune from Nature’s wrath – remains fairly unscathed and slightly off her radar. Complaints about frostbite, humidity, potholes, slush and brownouts seemed to pale in comparison to the deadly weather outside our borders. However, with or without climate change, weather extremes are becoming increasingly catastrophic for modern society as a whole.

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One Response to Canada’s Top Ten Weather Stories for 2010

  1. rmcpiper says:

    Canada’s a “Hottie”!

    If you were to stick a thermometer into Canada at any time this year, it was sure to say “well done”. That the year began with the mildest winter on record was remarkable in its own right. But what followed was truly phenomenal – we had the warmest spring, the third warmest summer and the second warmest fall on record, making 2010 the warmest year in 63 years.

    Temperatures for the 12-month period spanning December 2009 to November 2010 averaged 2.9°C warmer than normal and almost a half degree higher than the previous warmest years (2006 and 1998). It was also the 14th consecutive year with above-normal temperatures. The story was similar across the country. Every region was warmer than normal, with the Arctic, Atlantic Canada and the eastern Canadian boreal forest being the warmest on record and the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence, northern British Columbia and Yukon being the second warmest. This year’s El Niño accounted for much of the warmth in 2010, but La Niña’s emergence before August didn’t seem to subtract from the year’s record warmth.

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