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Blame It on the Weather: Strange Canadian Weather Facts, Revised and Updated

  • One cold February morning, the weather observer at Snag, Yukon, heard a peculiar sound when he stepped outside. It was the tinkle of ice crystals formed by his exhaled breath as they fell to the ground.
  • A Saskatchewan man lost his trousers in a June 1923 tornado and later found them swinging from a tree over a mile away.
  • On the night of March 29, 1848, the mighty Niagara Falls eased to a trickle and then fell eerily silent for thirty hours. Three decades later eyewitnesses were still being asked to sign declarations swearing that they were there when "Niagara Falls ran dry".
  • In April 1997, the rising waters of the Red River forced 88,000 residents from North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba from their homes. It was among the largest urban evacuations in history.
  • The year 1998 opened with the worst ice storm in recorded history. From January 5 to 10, freezing rain and drizzle brutalized one of the largest urban areas of North America, leaving more than 4 million Canadians freezing in the dark.
Blame it on the Weather
Little wonder that we are obsessed with the weather. In this delightful, humourous and informative look at weather, climatologist and best-selling author David Phillips answers many of our most common questions about weather phenomena. Revised and updated, Blame It On the Weather describes fascinating moments in weather history and delves into weather folklore and trivia from across North America.

Written by David Phillips, Michael Parfit, Suzanne Chisholm. Published by Key Porter Books, 2002.
Catalogue No. 1-55263-516-3
Price $24.95
Format Softcover
Pages 239
Language English only
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