A Summer of Extreme Weather

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Clouds coming into Thunder Bay from Lake Superior
Clouds coming into Thunder Bay from Lake Superior

Kamloops Flash Flooding

KAMLOOPS – They were calling it a ‘Monsoon’. Kamloops British Columbia is usually dry and arid in the summer. Yesterday a major rainstorm dropped a massive 22 mm of rain in under an hour.

The rain caused flash flooding, and turned roadways into mini rivers.

Weather across Canada this summer has set extremes, heavy rain has brought flooding and damages in British Columbia, parts of Alberta, and across the Prairie provinces.

Extreme Weather Summer

Northwestern Ontario has also seen massive flooding.

In Thunder Bay the weather has ranged from extremely hot, with rare humidex advisories and heat warnings to days through the summer where people have had to turn on their furnaces.

What is Causing the Changes?

Wildfires and drought have come fast and furious in recent years.

An American report suggests that climate change is largely to blame.

Released by the White House the report speaks of the impact climate change has had on every corner of the United States. And the issue needs urgent attention. Some environmental groups are hailing it as a “game changer.” An adviser to President Obama, John Podesta spoke on the issue, “This assessment is about presenting actionable science. We expect it will contain a huge amount of practical, useable knowledge that state and local decision-makers can take advantage of as they plan for the impacts of climate change and work to make their communities more resilient.”

More than 240 scientists were involved with the report.

Clouds coming into Thunder Bay from Lake Superior
Clouds coming into Thunder Bay from Lake Superior