Environment Canada has released its annual list of top ten weather stories of the year:
1. Prairie flooding – Historic spring floods in Manitoba and Saskatchewan turn into historic summer floods.
2. Alberta burning – Forest fires destroy one-third of the town of Slave Lake, Alberta in May.
3. Richelieu flooding – Quebec’s Richelieu Valley floods after heavy snowpack melts in Northeastern U.S.
4. Farming challenges – From coast to coast, wet fields cause problems throughout the growing season.
5. Ontario twisters – An F3 tornado (with winds up to 320 km/h) ravages SW town of Goderich.
6. Busy Atlantic hurricanes – Irene, Katia, Maria and Ophelia did the most damage of the season in Atlantic Canada.
7. Bummer Summer – Either too hot in Central Canada or too wet and cool on both the East and West Coasts.
8. Arctic ice shrinking – Sea ice in the Arctic reaches an all-time minimum in September since records began 50 years ago.
9. Groundhog Day Storm – Blizzard shuts down travel for days in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
10. Windy Alberta – Strong winds in November (peak gust of 204 km/h) blow trucks off highways and shatter office towers in Calgary.