Don’t like the weather; just wait five minutes. Real Canadian culture is complaining about the weather:
- In January 1966, the temperature rose 21 degrees in four minutes when a Chinook arrived in Pincher Creek, Alberta
- The ice storm of January 1998 in Eastern Canada caused power outages in Ontario and Quebec resulting in a state of emergency being declared and the Canadian Forces deployed
- Canada’s most destructive hailstorm occurred in Calgary on September 7, 1991, when a 30-minute storm caused over $300 million in damage
- Canada’s longest and deadliest heat wave occurred in Manitoba and Ontario between July 5 and 17, 1936, claiming 1180 lives, with temperatures exceeding 44°C (111°F)
- Mercury soared to 45°C (113°F) in Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan, on July 5, 1937, the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada
- Snag, Yukon, recorded the lowest temperatures in Canadian history, at -62.8°C (-80°F); skies were clear, winds calm, visibility was unlimited and 40 centimetres of snow lay on the ground.
- Temperatures plunged to a chilling -2.7°C in Calgary, Alberta, on July 15, 1999, and residents foolish enough to keep their picnic and beach appointments braved snow flurries and winds gusting to 69 kilometres per hour
- A massive tornado in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 31, 1987, left 27 dead, 253 injured and hundreds homeless, with damage estimates exceeding $250 million
- Canada’s first billion-dollar disaster occurred in Saguenay River Valley, Québec, between July 18 and 21, 1996, when deluge and flood triggered a surge of water, trees, rocks and mud that killed 10 and forced 12,000 residents to flee for their lives
- A waterspout is spotted off Argyle Shore, PEI, on July 10, 2007, hardly a noteworthy event, but b each goers were then treated a dozen more spouts, an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime atmospheric spectacle
- Three centimetres of snow fell on the Canada Day celebrations in Kapuskasing, Ontario, probably causing a tow truck to receive the Best Float Award
- On July 14, 1993, humidex values in Windsor, Ontario, soared above 50°C, the highest ever reported in Canada to date
And many more fascinating facts about our country’s wild weather.