This year's articles

  • 2020 closes a decade of exceptional heat

    December 24, 2020

    World Meteorological Association – As 2020 draws to an end, it closes the warmest decade (2011-2020) on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization. This year remains on track to be one of the three warmest on record, and may even rival 2016 as the warmest on record. The six warmest years have all been […]

  • Environment Canada’s top 10 weather stories of 2020

    December 24, 2020

    Environment Canada – In a year where headlines were dominated by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, Canada also saw its share of memorable weather events. Environment Canada released a list of some of the most noteworthy to end the year. From a list of 100 significant weather happenings across Canada in 2020, events were ranked from […]


  • Climate change to lead to shifts in global precipitation patterns

    December 18, 2020

    Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz – The Earth’s climate system is largely determined by the differences in temperature between the tropics and the poles. Global warming is likely to cause global atmospheric circulation to change and progressively revert to a situation similar to that of 5,000 to 10,000 years ago, according to a new study published […]

  • Prairie hail claims hit C$192 million in 2020

    December 17, 2020

    CCHA – Total hail claims across the Canadian Prairies came in below the five-year average in 2020, but claim payments were still reported to be above average, according to an update on the year from the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Claims produced insurance payouts of over C$192 million on over 12,100 claims in Western Canada. […]


  • A very untypical La Nina on Canadian Prairies

    December 14, 2020

    MarketsFarm– So far during the late fall of 2020 Western Canada has experienced little in the way of the La Nina that’s affecting weather elsewhere in the Americas, according to meteorologist Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. in Overland Park, Kan. “A La Nina is a typically colder-than-normal weather pattern. There’s above normal precipitation from […]

  • UN holds Climate Ambition Summit

    December 14, 2020

    WMO – New commitments and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions were unveiled by 75 world leaders at the United Nations’ Climate Ambition Summit, held online on Dec. 12. Co-convened with the United Kingdom and France, in partnership with Italy and Chile, the UN summit marked the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement and was […]


  • UN chief calls for climate action

    December 8, 2020

    United Nations – The fight against the climate crisis should be seen as the top priority for the 21st Century, said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in a speech at Columbia University in New York, Dec. 2. His address marked the beginning of a month of UN-led climate action, which includes the release of major […]

  • November 2020 the warmest November on record

    December 7, 2020

    C3S – November 2020 was the warmest November on record, “by a clear margin”, according to data from the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). Global mean temperatures were 0.77 degrees Celsius warmer than the 1981-2010 average for the month of November, and topped the previous records set in 2016 and 2019 by 0.13 […]


  • Record Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end

    December 1, 2020

    WMO – The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on Nov. 30 with a record-breaking 30 named tropical storms, including 13 hurricanes and six major hurricanes, according to a report from the World Meteorological Organization. There were 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States. That marked the most storms on record, surpassing […]

  • Seasonal forecast calls for more snow across much of Canada

    November 30, 2020

    Environment Canada – Most of Canada should see above normal snowfall over the next three months, according to updated seasonal forecasts from Environment Canada, released Nov. 30. Weather maps show a 40 to 60 per cent probability of more precipitation than normal across much of the country from December through February, with the heaviest accumulations […]

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