Severe and Hazardous Weather in Canada: The Geography of Extreme Events

Paperback | October 24, 2008

byCatherine Conrad

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Lightning, hail, floods, drought, tornadoes, blizzards, and ice storms: Canada's climate can be extreme. Many Canadians concern themselves with the weather out of interest, necessity, and concern. Given the inevitable changes in our global climate, there is great interest in how our weather isbeing affected. Before the influence of climate change can be understood; however, a concise, comprehensive and accurate understanding of the historical and contemporary weather extremes in Canada is needed. Enter Severe and Hazardous Weather in Canada: The Geography of Extreme Events, a text thatprovides students of physical geography, climatology, meteorology, and natural hazards with the what, where, when, and why of Canadian weather. Taking a non-scientific approach, the text describes weather phenomena and their spatial distribution in Canada, and gives an explanation for spatialtrends. The result is an engaging, one-of-a-kind look at the past and present of severe weather in Canada.

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Lightning, hail, floods, drought, tornadoes, blizzards, and ice storms: Canada's climate can be extreme. Many Canadians concern themselves with the weather out of interest, necessity, and concern. Given the inevitable changes in our global climate, there is great interest in how our weather isbeing affected. Before the influence of cli...

Cathy Conrad is Associate Professor, Program Advisor, and Department Chair in the Department of Geography at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:October 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195426274

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Table of Contents

Foreword1. Introduction to Severe Weather and Hazardous Weather in Canadai. Introductionii. The Context of Natural Hazardsa. Natural Disasters Versus Natural Hazardsiii. How is Severe Weather Defined and Classified?iv. Introduction to Atmospheric Hazards in Canadav. Canadian Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery Activitiesvi. Link to Climate Change and Natural Climatic Oscillationsvii. Chapter Summary2. Severe Weather Forecastingi. Introductionii. Weather Forecast Qualityiii. The Way It Wasiv. The Forecasting Procedurea. Data Acquisitionb. Weather Forecasting Modelsc. Canadian "Ensemble Prediction System"v. Radar Technologyvi. Satellite Imageryvii. The Canadian Lightning Detection Networkviii. Seasonal Forecastsix. How and What Warnings are Issued?x. "Citizen Forecasts"xi. Forecasting to the Northxii. Chapter Summary3. Severe "Winter" Weatheri. Introductionii. Causes of Stormsiii. Winter Storm Tracksiv: Wreckhouse Windsv. Alberta Clippersvi. Nor'eastersvii. Chinook Windsviii. Snowa. Notable Canadian Snowstormsix. Blizzardsa. Notable Canadian Blizzardsx. Ice Stormsa. The 1998 Ice Stormxi. Cold and Wind Chilla. So Cold that Niagara Falls Freezes?b. Visualizing the Coldxii. Black Icexiii. Winter Weather and a Changing Climatexiv. Looking Aheadxv. Chapter Summary4. Severe "Summer" Weatheri. Introductionii. Summer Storm Tracksiii. Heata. Urban Heat Island Effectiv. Humidityv. Smogvi. Thunderstormsvii. Hailviii. Tornadoesix. Lightningx. Climate change and Severe Summer Weatherxi Chapter Summary5. Water: Too Much or Not Enoughi. Introductionii. Heavy Precipitation Eventsa. Processesiii. Floodsa. Causes and Examples of Floodingb. Flood Managementiv. Foga. Processes and Types of Fogb. Impacts of Fog in Canadav. Droughta. Severe Canadian Droughtsb. Monitoring and Drought Indicesvi. Climate Change and Precipitatation in Canadavii. Climate Change and Fogviii. Climate Change and Implications for Droughtix. Chapter Summary6. Tropical Cyclonesi. Introductionii. Processesiii. Classificationiv. Naming Hurricanesv. Impacts of Tropical Cyclonesa. Windb. Rainfallc. Storm Surged. Tornadoesvi. The Canadian Hurricane Centre and Forecasting Tropical Stormsvii. Extended Range Forecastsviii. Tropical Storms Affecting Canadaix. Climate Change and Tropical Cyclonesx. Chapter Summary7. Canadians and Weather: Vulnerability, Risk, Adaptation and Mitigationi. Introductionii. Vulnerabilityiii. Resilienceiv. Perception of Riskv. Mitigation and Adaptationvi. The Context for Canadavii. ConclusionReferencesIndex