BC heatwave tops Environment Canada’s list of best weather events in 2021 – BoilingNews


Record heat in British Columbia topped Canada’s environmental and climate change list of the best weather events in Canada over the past year.

The Weather Agency released its annual list of the best weather events on Thursday, with the heat wave landing in first place, closely followed by the recent flooding in BC.

In all, weather events in British Columbia were mentioned in at least five of the 10 posts.

“Not in 26 years after the release of the top 10 weather events has there been anything comparable to this year, when Canadians endured such a stream of extreme weather conditions,” Environment Canada said in the report.

“While we can not attribute a single weather event to man-made climate change, the evidence is crucial – we are experiencing more intense and more frequent extreme weather. Climate change is leading to more frequent and more intense disasters around the world.”

Here’s a detailed look at Environment Canada’s best weather events in 2021:

1. HEAT WAVE IN BC

On June 29, the city of Lytton, BC experienced a “Death Valley moment” as temperatures reached a new Canadian record of 49.6 C.

It was the third day in a row that Lytton had set a new Canadian heat record. It was warmer in Lytton than has ever been recorded in both Europe and South America.

On June 30, a wildfire destroyed 90 percent of the city, killing two people and displacing 1,200 others.

2. BC FLOOD

BC  flood

On November 13, the first of seven “atmospheric rivers” fell on the south coast of British Columbia, where massive amounts of rain, combined with the already wet conditions, “created a flood of flooding,” according to Environment Canada.

The floods left several highways either washed out or covered in garbage, killing thousands of livestock and wreaking havoc on Canada’s supply chain.

The agency estimates it is likely to be the most devastating and costly weather disaster in Canadian history.

3. DRYING OVER CANADA

Historians compared the drought in the prairies this summer to the Great Depression, and by the end of the season, several communities had declared states of ecological disaster.

It was one of the driest summers in 75 years.

One week before the Canadians were set to harvest their crops, the Canadian drought monitor classified 99 percent of the prairie’s agricultural landscape as in a drought.

4. WILDFIRE SEASON

BC forest fire

Canada’s wildfire season started about a month early in 2021 and resulted in about 2,500 more wildfires than in 2020.

British Columbia alone reported 1,522 this year and destroyed an area 1.5 times larger than Prince Edward Island.

On July 10, wildfires were out of control in all provinces and territories except Atlantic Canada and Nunavut.

5. FOUR HEAT WAVES

Canada’s summer was the fifth warmest in the last 74 years, leading to heat records across the country.

In total, there were four significant heat waves in 2021, defined by humidex values ​​above 40 degrees, afternoons above 30 degrees and nights above 20 degrees.

6. TORNADOER

Barrie tornado

While tornadoes with a rating of two or higher are rare in Canada, there were several that reached that classification this year.

On June 21, several tornadoes – including an EF2 – hit parts of Quebec, claiming the province’s first tornado victim in 27 years. Up to 100 homes suffered major damage.

Another EF2 tornado landed in Barrie, Ont. on July 15, when it damaged 150 homes and nearly 700 vehicles. There were six other EF2 tornadoes that day, though they were not as devastating.

FEBRUARY 7 FROZEN

Almost simultaneous Arctic explosions from Siberia and Greenland left Canada in a deep freeze in parts of February.

By the weekend of February 14, every square mile of land was frozen, but the worst came on the prairies, with some parts reaching down to -55 degrees.

In Winnipeg, the city’s record cold of -38.8 degrees on February 13 was colder than the summit of Mount Everest.

At a charity hockey game in Edmonton, freezing temperatures contributed to the puck breaking apart after a collision with the post.

8. HAGLSTORM IN CALGARY

Skyview hailstorm victim struggles with insurance company

On July 2, a storm hit Calgary with 50 millimeters of rain and hail the size of golf balls.

The storm led to clogged drains, floods and sewer backups. In total, it is estimated to have cost $ 555 million in insurance claims.

A hailstorm in Calgary that caused $ 1 billion in damage was the biggest weather event last year.

9. HURRICANE LARRY

Hurricane Larry

On September 2, Hurricane Larry entered Canadian waters as a Category 2 hurricane, but did not land in Newfoundland until September 11.

The hurricane caused widespread power outages in the province and eroded several roads along the coast, although most Newfoundlanders were prepared for the storm.

10. COURSE CUTTER

In mid-January, an atmospheric river in the Pacific Ocean brought intense winds of over 100 kilometers per hour to Alberta and the prairies.

Bratt’s Lake, Sask. report gusts of 143 kilometers per hour, while Moose Jaw Airport reported 161 kilometers per hour.

Rain in the area then turned to snow, resulting in blizzards that left poor visibility throughout the prairies.

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