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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Canada’s Top Ten Weather Stories of 2020

Calgary’s billion-dollar hailer. From Environment and Climate Change Canada

Canada is no stranger to wild and weird weather. Each year Environment and Climate Change Canada rounds up a list of the top ten weather stories that dominated the weather this year.

The Top Ten Weather Stories of 2020:

  • Calgary’s Billion-Dollar Hailer

  • BC’s September Skies: All Smoke, No Fire

  • Fort McMurray’s Flood of a Century

  • Endless Hot Summer in the East

  • St. John’s Snowmageddon

  • Record Hurricane Season and Canada Wasn’t Spared

  • The Year’s Most Powerful Tornado

  • Frigid Spring Helps Canadians Self-Isolate

  • Fall in Canada – Winter in the West and Summer in the East

  • August Long-Weekend Storms: East and West

Calgary, known as the hailstorm capital of Canada, topped the charts this year with the most damaging hailstorm in Canadian history. On June 13, hail the size of tennis balls was propelled by wind speeds up to 70 kilometres per hour, shaking houses, shattering windows, and downing trees.

In the second place, climate-induced wildfires in California and the American Northwest spread smoke northward into British Columbia and Alberta, forcing millions to face smoke-filled skies for nearly two weeks in September.

Among the other top weather events includes the record-breaking “Snowmageddon” in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, which brought 76 centimetres of snow to the city within an 18-hour period.

The top ten weather stories are ranked from 1 to 10, according to factors that include the impact they had on Canada and Canadians, the extent of the affected area, economic impacts, and longevity as a top news story.

On Wednesday Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Senior Climatologist, David Phillips, and Physical Science Specialist, Chantal McCartin, presented the 25th annual edition of Canada’s Top Ten Weather Stories.


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