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Weird Canadian Weather

Catastrophes, Ice Storms, Floods, Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Tsunamis

by (author) Alan Jackson

Blue Bike Books
Initial publish date
May 2009
Weather, Curiosities & Wonders
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2009
    List Price
    $14.95 USD

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Don't like the weather; just wait five minutes. Real Canadian culture is complaining about the weather: * The ice storm of January 1998 in Eastern Canada caused power outages in Ontario and Quebec, leaving 200,000 people in the dark and forcing more than 100,000 to seek refuge in shelters * Mercury soared to 45 degrees Celsius 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 degrees Celsius * 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 degrees Celsius * In January 1966, the temperature rose 21 degrees in four minutes when a Chinook arrived in Pincher Creek, Alberta * Canada's most destructive hailstorm occurred in Calgary on September 7, 1991, when a 30-minute storm caused over $300 million in damage * A massive tornado in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 31, 1987, left 27 dead, 253 injured and hundreds homeless * Three centimetres of snow fell on the Canada Day celebrations in Kapuskasing, Ontario, probably causing a tow truck to receive the Best Float Award. * And so many more weird facts about our country's weather... Weird, but maybe not...

About the author

Contributor Notes

Born in Simcoe, Ontario, to a family of food processors, A. H. JACKSON has always been fascinated by the skies above our heads. He flew his first plane at 14 and left home at 17 to continue his atmospheric exploration. Jackson believes that, in the twine of life, there are two special genes unique to humankind—hope and humour—and thinks we should all turn to the funny side of life in the face of adversity. He must have quite the sense of humour, then, since he’s been struck by lightning five times! Alan has co-authored a mystery—Pretty Maids all in a Row—and has several adventure books for young adults in the wings.

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