This past year there has been a lot of talk about the weather and its sometimes wild nature. The top weather events of 2019 in Canada were some of the craziest and people all over the country were impacted. If you thought there was a lot of extreme weather throughout the year you're completely right.

For the last 24 years, Environment Canada has released a list of what were the top weather stories of the year, and 2019 is no different.

This year's Top 10 Weather Stories show just how varied extreme weather can be and how it affects people all over the country in all types of ways, from floods to fires to droughts, and everything in between.

"Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. Forest fires, floods, droughts, intensifying storms and extreme temperatures are having human and economic consequences for all Canadians," said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, in a news release.

For example, Hurricane Dorian was a huge event in the Caribbean, the U.S., and Canada as it moved its way up the east coast. 

But even Dorian's destruction in Canada wasn't enough to make it the biggest weather event of the year.

That title goes to the record-setting Ottawa River flood.

In the spring, the flooding of the Ottawa River and the St. Lawrence River broke records and was unlike anything seen before. 

This flood was unprecedented not only because of its size but also how long it lasted.

According to Environment Canada, the Ottawa River's highest crest was 30 centimetres above the river's 2017 peak flood levels. 

Due to the flooding, people in Ontario and Quebec were evacuated and had to leave their homes as water levels rose.

Months later, in the fall, Hurricane Dorian made its way up the coast and towards Atlantic Canada, which would become the country's second-biggest weather event of the year.

The active hurricane season in Atlantic brought post-tropical depression Erin to Nova Scotia at the end of August, and Hurricane Dorian came to the region a week later. 

Even though the storm transitioned into a post-tropical storm, it maintained its category two hurricane winds before making landfall in Nova Scotia.

There was a lot of destruction, including a crane collapsing and flooding, and one Canadian went viral for chugging a beer at the water's edge as Dorian approached.

Other top weather events include a wet and windy Halloween in Ontario and Quebec and an early blast of snow in the Prairies during the fall, like the massive snowstorm on Thanksgiving weekend.

Here's to 2020 and all the wild weather it has in store for Canada.

Environment Canada's Top 10 Weather Stories of 2019:

  1. Another record-setting Ottawa River flood

  2. Active hurricane season as predicted

  3. sNo-good Prairie fall

  4. A brutal Febrrruary in Canada

  5. Record heat continues in Arctic

  6. On the Prairies… Too dry early, too wet later

  7. Weather witch stole Halloween

  8. Spring missing in the East

  9. Saint John River floods again

  10. Fewer fires, more burning


There are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.


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