Friday , January 27 2023

A channel meteorologist says that 2018 was a "smorgasbord" of bad events


Coughing from the smoke, climbing in the heat, or cursing wounds or late snow, Canadians could be forgiven for asking what happened with the time in 2018.

"It was almost a smorgasbord of everything that could be wrong," said David Phillips, senior environmental scientist in Canada. "I do not think anything has disappeared."

Smok, said Phillips, was Canada's best weather chance this year.

The refrigerator delayed the start of the fire season. But when it warmed up, it did not take long to spark punches.

In southern Colombia, between April and August there were more than 250,000 lightning strikes. Only one day was 20,000.

Because of this huge forests caused the loss of sky from the coast to the smoke bank that could be discovered far from Europe.

The cities of Alberta may have been the darkest.

Calgary recorded 478 hours of smoke and fog. One smoke lasted for almost six days. Normal counting of the entire flight is 12 hours.

Edmonton had just 230 hours of smoke for comparison, but it's still more than twice as common.

While factors, including forestry practice and urban expansion, affect the effects of fire, Phillips says it is down to the weather.

"This is too dry, too hot, too long".

Speaking of heat, Canada has fully engaged in a global wave wave that has included four continents.

It was Phillips's story number 2.

"It's a great country, Canada, and you do not often see people experiencing the same time from Vancouver Island to Bonavista (in Nevfoundland), but this year we saw it with record temperatures."

Halifax smashed the record from 1876 with 18 straight days to reach at least 25 C.

In Quebec, 93 people died from heat-related causes.

On July 1, Ottawa set records for heat and humidity, and conditions reduced the living room of Canada to 6,000 of the expected 20,000.

Moose Jav, Sask., He reached 42.3 C a day in August.

It was also dry, especially in Prerie where crops fell when only half the normal amount of rain fell between April and August.

"Never had two dry years in Regina for 131 years in a row," said Phillips. This includes the suppression of the Great Depression Drought.

Arid conditions also harm cattle breeders. Soya crops in some areas were barely one-seventh of normal, far less than needed for winter food.

But it was not just smoke and heat. Phillips said that story number 3 disappeared spring and autumn.

Winter found herself in the summer, and then the summer returned in the winter, Phillips said, referring to what he calls a "time-blow".

"It's almost nonexistent in the transition season."

The long, cold spring in some places kept the cold in the country as deep as two meters, which meant the late start of the agricultural year for farmers. Then, with fields ready in August and a nice beginning to harvest, unprecedented snow broke hope.

The devastation of more than $ 4 billion was centered on record snowfall.

In Edmonton, September was nearly seven degrees colder than normal. The city has received more than 38 centimeters of snow for a month when the norm is one.

Calgary shared pain in October when a landfill of 38 centimeters overcame the 138-year record in two days.

Like most climatologists, Phillips is cautious about accusing any weather event on climate change, but said that, despite the long, colder winter, Canada was again a little warmer than usual – the 22nd year in a row – normal temperatures.

He also pointed out that scientists from around Canada say that the risk of inflammatory fires by 2015 is at least doubled due to human warming and could be up to six times higher.

"The scientists have somehow demonstrated the fact that these things are directly related to human activities," he said.

Phillips made Top 10 weather lists for 23 years. For many years, he admits, there was not much to talk about.

"There were not many things happened at that time. The summers were hot, the winters were cold.

"In 23 years, it has changed," he said.

"The weather has become weird and wild, weird and variable. The climate has changed."

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