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It’s Groundhog Day in Canada.

What’s that? Well, it’s when some special rodents, groundhogs (marmot), emerge (or are awakened) from their hibernating quarters and “predict” whether we can expect an early spring, or much more winter to come. This year, the first weather groundhog was» 

Environment

Top weather disasters Canada 2017

As we start this new year in Canada, much of the southern part of the entire country has been gripped by Arctic temperatures in the -20’s to -30’s Celsius. When you add in the wind-chill factor, those temperatures seem much» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Putting a dollar value on wetlands

Scientists and environmentalists have long known that wetlands (marshes, bogs) mitigate climate extremes. They absorb water  when there’s excess rain, and retain and release water when there’s drought.  Wetlands are something like a weather “shock absorber”. Knowing that however hasn’t» 

Environment, Society

Canada history : Jan. 5, 1998 – the deadly ice storm of the century

For some people in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec the start of this new year was a worrisome case of déjà vu. On Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017, freezing rain fell throughout the region, but then fortunately stopped. Yesterday however, snow» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

2016 temperatures already above average

Western Canada has been hotter and dryer than normal, enabling much bigger fires to break out earlier than usual in the boreal forest. Some 90,000 people had to evacuate Fort MacMurray as fire ripped through parts of the town and» 

Environment, Society

Weird weather worries apple growers

Some unseasonably warm weather has apple growers nervous in the Okanagan, a large fruit-growing belt in the western province of British Columbia. It is so mild that growers think the trees could blossom in about three weeks, and that would» 

Environment, Society

Major winter storm hits Maritimes

A new winter system is rolling through Canada’s Maritimes, with Newfoundland next in its path. As the storm moves across the provinces, it will bring high winds and heavy snow. Blizzard warnings cover all of Nova Scotia, which will be» 

Atlantic snowstorm paralyzes Canada’s east-coast

The Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are digging out after a snowstorm left varying accumulations and knocked power out to many communities. Known as ‘nor-easters‘ for the powerful north east winds that come» 

Environment

Green Christmas for most Canadians

Not only is it not going to be a white Christmas for the southern and most populated parts of Ontario Quebec and the eastern maritime provinces, it’s almost T-shirt weather. Several golf courses in this part of the country have» 

Environment

Wild weather: cities not planning for the “new normal”

David Phillips is a senior climatologist at Environment Canada. He says municipalities are still stuck in old planning ideas when the both the changing climate and changing urban centres require new concepts to cope with the new normal of wilder»