It’s an unwelcome honour, but Alberta has two of the top three spots in Environment Canada’s Top 10 weather stories of the year.
The June 13 hailstorm in Calgary caused an estimated $1.3 billion in damage – $386 million in smashed or cracked windshields alone along with pummelling “hundreds of thousands of hectares” of grain crops. It is rated the fourth most expensive insured natural disaster ever in Canada.
The flooding in Fort McMurray in April caused by ice jams on the Athabasca River was the No. 3 weather story, causing $562 million in insurance payouts.
No. 2 on the list was actually a good news story as B.C.’s quiet fire season saw only four per cent of the average burn in the past decade.
Rounding out the Top 5 were the hot summer in Eastern Canada and last January’s ‘Snowmageddon’ in Newfoundland.