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Environment Canada: Top Weather Stories Of 2013

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TORONTO - Canada's top weather stories for 2013 from Environment Canada, ranked on the degree to which Canada and Canadians were impacted, the extent of the area affected, economic effects and longevity as a top news story:

1. Alberta's super flood in June that washed across one-quarter of the province and through the heart of Calgary, cutting off dozens of communities and prompting the evacuation of about 100,000 Albertans.

2. Toronto's torrent that struck during evening rush hour on July 8, delivering more rain in two hours than Toronto usually sees during an entire July.

3. Bumper crops in the west, with a growing season food producers described as incredible, while crop yields were up and down in the East.

4. Non-flooding in the Red River Valley, where another major flood seemed inevitable, but cold spring days and very cold nights had a calming effect, allowing a slow, gradual melt.

5. Rebound in the eastern Arctic, where the coldest summer in 15 years helped slow sea ice melting, while water levels were restored in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence area by one of the wettest years on record.

6. Wicked winter weather in the East in February, with as much as 60 cm of snow falling along the Atlantic coast.

7. Spring flooding in Ontario's Cottage Country, with some of the highest and fastest rising water levels in recent memory.

8. The long winter in the Prairies, where the cold, snow and ice went on for seven months from October 2012 to April 2013.

9. Stormy seas and Maritime tragedy in February, where a powerful storm led to the drowning of five young fishers off Nova Scotia.

10. Sunny and rainless B.C. when not a single drop of rain fell in either Vancouver or Victoria as the Pacific coast was bathed in record breaking continuous sunshine in July.

SOURCE: Environment Canada

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