December 19, 2013 3:35 pm
Updated: December 19, 2013 4:01 pm

Top Ten Weather Stories of 2013 released by Environment Canada


WATCH: David Phillips from Environment Canada says the Alberta Floods was a no-brainer for top spot

TORONTO – David Phillips, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist, has released his annual Top Ten Weather Stories of 2013.

It’s not a surprise that the Alberta floods topped the list.

On June 19, slow-moving and moist air parked over southern Alberta. The area received three days of torrential rains.

VIDEO: Flooding in Calgary – June 21

Calgary received 68 mm of rain over 48 hours, but west of the city some areas reported 75 to 150 mm over two-and-a-half days.

Up to 100,000 Albertans were evacuated in the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history, estimated to be $6 billion in losses and recovery costs, and a record $2 billion in insured losses.

READ MORE: Weather Extremes of 2013

The No. 2 story was the flood that took Toronto by surprise on July 8.

By mid-afternoon that day, it had become apparent to forecasters that a slow-moving weather system was going to drop a lot of rain over the Greater Toronto Area.

A tow truck driver floats a car out of the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto on Monday, July 8 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The Canadian Press

Streets and major roadways flooded, stranding people in their cars. The Toronto police even had to rescue people from a GO Transit commuter train which was unable to navigate the waters.

After it was all said and done, 126 mm of rain was recorded at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

There were also the spring floods in Ontario’s cottage country and the seemingly never-ending winter for the Prairies.

Here is the complete list of Top Ten Weather Stories for 2013:


  • Alberta’s Flood of Floods
  • Toronto’s Torrent
  • Bumper Crops in the West, a Rollercoaster for the Rest
  • To Flood or Not to Flood (Red River Valley)
  • Rebound in the Arctic Ocean and the Great Lakes
  • Wicked Winter Weather Wallops the East
  • Spring Flooding in Ontario’s Cottage Country
  • Prairie Winter Went on Forever
  • Stormy Seas and Maritime Tragedy
  • Sunny and Rainless in BC

Phillips also included runner-up stories, such eastern Canada’s short summer, the wildfires and Fort McMurray flooding.

For a complete list, click here.

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