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Top 10 Extreme Weather Anomalies

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Here, in the non-tropical Northern Hemisphere, we have come to divide the year into four seasons: the cold of winter, the warming and greening of spring, the warmth or heat of summer, and the cooling and leaf-changing of autumn. However, on freak occasions, weather does not behave in a manner according to its season. In this list, we will discuss some of the rare cases where the weather has taken an unseasonal turn or has acted otherwise unusually.


1992 Alberta Chinook


The Canadian Province of Alberta has a bout a warm air and weather, known as a chinook, once every several years. However, this was about the most notable and unique one to come to Alberta. On February 27, 1992, Southern Alberta was actually basking in warm, summer-like sunshine, with Calgary reaching a high of 22.6 degrees Celsius (72.7 degrees Fahrenheit). For comparison, the average high temperature for that date and location is 1.3 degrees Celsius (34.3 degrees Fahrenheit) and Calgary has been known to see occasional days in March where the high temperature does not exceed -20 degrees Celsius. In a typical year, Calgary does not see its first 20 Celsius day until sometime in April, some years even May, but this is the only time ever this Albertan city has seen one in February.


2010 Russia Heat Wave

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In the summer of 2010, Russia encountered scorching, unbearable heat that reached up to the high 40s in some regions. Many people, estimated at 15,000, but possibly more, died of heat stroke and forest fires. The period of hot weather continued through July and August.


2010 Ontario April Heat Wave

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In the City of Ottawa, Ontario, the capital city of Canada, when do you think would be the ideal time of year to get out your barbecue, put your shorts and T-shirt on, or flock down to the beach? Perhaps July or August, when the temperature typically hits 26 degrees Celsius, but definitely nowhere outside of June, September or maybe late May. But how about April? And to top that up, early April? Well, most years that would be out of the question, as the temperature in the first week of April typically reaches a lowly high of about 7 degrees Celsius. But if you came in 2010, it would be a totally different story. Ontario was soaked in a wave of heat from the south and Ottawa was bombarded with two consecutive hot days. The mercury shot up to 28.2 degrees Celsius (82.8 degrees Fahrenheit) on April 2 and 28.5 degrees Celsius (83.3 degrees Fahrenheit) on April 3. Everyone was amazed the temperature could soar so high that time of year and the weatherman, when predicting the heat wave, had to announce, “This is no April Fool’s joke.”


1992 Summer Cold Snap


Now, we go from the extremely hot to the extremely cold. In the same year Calgary saw its 1992 February chinook, it saw some abnormal winter weather on the 23rd of August, where the temperature only reached 5.3 degrees Celsius (41.5 degrees Fahrenheit). In addition to the cold, there was a dusting of snow of 0.4 centimeters. Imagine going to the bus stop or supermarket wearing a winter coat in August. That’s a concept just too bizarre to imagine.


Fast Temperature Increase


How about a quick jump in the temperature? On January 22, 1943, Spearfish, South Dakota, USA, saw a leap in the temperature from -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) to +7 degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit) in…get this…only 2 minutes!


Extreme January Cold


Throughout January, 1950, the Western US and Canada quite literally froze! People from Washington State describe that month as “infamous”, and Vancouver, Canada, almost constantly remained below freezing! The monthly Vancouver high, following a mild November and average December, was -2.9 degrees Celsius, the coldest ever and Vancouver’s only year of the daily average high for January being below freezing. While the average high for Vancouver in January is 6.1 degrees Celsius, Calgary never made it above freezing at all that month, with an extreme high being -6.7 degrees Celsius on January 5, with 2 days having a high > -10 degrees Celsius, and an average monthly high of -20.4 degrees Celsius.


Extreme Cold Winter to Extreme Hot Summer


December 2008, brought much snow to Vancouver streets. Christmas was truly white, with knee-deep snow making walking difficult, and driving nearly impossible. The temperature steadily remained below freezing, with a low of -15.2 degrees Celsius being recorded on December 20, only 2.6 degrees Celsius above the record lowest temperature of -17.8 on January 14, 1950. July 2009, on the other hand, was quite the opposite. The temperature rarely reaches or exceeds 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in Vancouver. In fact, this happens about one day every 5 years. However, that Vancouver July saw 4 days where the temperature soared above 30 degrees. Two of these days broke the previous record of 33.3 degrees set on August 9, 1960, and the new record was set as 34.4 degrees on July 30, 2009. Talk about going from one extreme to the other.


Warm 2004 Spring


The spring of 2004 was the warmest in Canada. April was quite particularly warm, with record high temperatures being broken in many places. Osoyoos had an April average high of 21.5 degrees Celsius (average April high of 17.6 degrees Celsius); Vancouver had an average high of 15.7 degrees Celsius (average of 13.1 degrees). Records were broken in many cities: Calgary had a high of 25.4 degrees Celsius on March 30, Edmonton had a high of 24.2 degrees Celsius on that same day (breaking its extreme March high of 17.6 degrees). Vancouver recorded a high of 24.3 degrees Celsius on May 1, 21.5 on April 11 and 18.5 on March 29. Osoyoos high temperatures higher than 15 degrees for 29 out of its 30 April days. It was a warm, balmy spring for all.


Miracle Snow

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Inhabitants of Homestead, Florida, a city with a 25-degree Northern latitude, were completely flabbergasted when they got a light dusting of the white stuff on January 19, 1977. It was their first recorded snow ever, and no snow has ever fallen there since. To top all that off, Homestead is a non-elevated sea level city.

As it turns out, inhabitants were not only baffled, but quite alarmed by the cold, white flaky substance that fell from the sky. Many plants, including crops, suffered from the cold, and many people did not believe the weather forecaster’s miraculous prediction “Cold with rain showers, and a chance of snow.” The weatherman actually had to explain to the people what snow was and what it could do, but many of the folk merely thought he was pulling their legs, and so did not take his warning seriously.


Year Without Summer

1816 Year Without Summer

In 1816, Mount Tambora erupted and blanketed the atmosphere with ash and dust. Sunspots were visible to the naked eye, and Western Europe, the Northeastern United States and Canada were still encountering frost in May and June. Around 1800 people froze and starved to death, as crops were unable to mature. People as far South as Pennsylvania still observed lake and river ice in July and August.

  • jajdude

    Climactic beans on the list G.

    • Chineapplepunk

      Where have you beeeen???

      • Auburn Tiger

        I know, right? And he takes the first comment spot no less! Indecipherable as always I see.

    • Not impressed

      What a useless list. Should be named ‘completely boring not-so extreme weather events of the USA and Canada’.

      Seriously, out of the whole world’s recorded weather history, this is the best you could come up with?


      Reported and saged

      • stockyzeus

        sage goes in email field newfag

      • emmakate

        I couldn’t agree more.

      • PiggerNenis

        Rules 1 and 2, it feels quite summer in here

        • You’re an Idiot

          1.) rules 1 & 2 only apply to raids.
          2.) he never mentioned /b/
          3.) this is not a raid

      • someone

        i agree soooo much. 28 degrees? and 6 of these things happened in Canada. is Canada the only place in the world with weather or something?

  • Moreish

    For number 9 maybe the author should have mentioned that the forest fires where producing smoke that was drifting into Moscow. Otherwise that picture would seem irrelevant.

    • was wondering why the guy had the mask on, thanks

    • gizzles

      people were dying when it was 40 degrees outside? were talking about snowmen with carrot noses right? death from fires makes sense though.

  • Hosh

    Nothing more global? or the Author is obviously Canadian… This list was hardly fascinating.

    • Lorin

      Yeah. Many European countries have almost every year high contrasting weather. In the winter it reaches to below 20 degrees C and in the summer it is mostly above 30.


      No kidding, I thought the same thing. Should have just named it “Strange Canadian Weather”.

  • Altron

    Not a bad topic to write about, but I think it could of been better written. Was hard to read in some parts…Interesting list though.

  • BlueBlooded

    During summer in San Felipe the temperature reaches 114 degrees Fahrenheit

  • BigPoker

    How could you leave out Ice Storm 98′ ? I was in Eastern Ontario when it happened and believe me it was extreme.

    • YouRang?

      Yeah, I thought the monster ice storm would be here for sure. And the Chicago heat wave a few years ago. Whee’s the thermal inversion that killed thousands in London in the 50s?

  • jhhwild

    Ok, I am confused regarding the “Russian heat wave”. Are you trying to tell me that 15,000 people died with “unbearable heat that reached up to the high 40s in some regions”? 40 degrees is pretty damn cold, I wouldn’t call that “unbearable heat” even for Russia.

    • jhhwild

      Oh, I was thinking Fahrenheit, I guess he was talking about Celsius.

      • Dxc93

        That is probably the most stupid comment I have ever read. Bravo

      • David Hopkins

        Well, if it were Fehrenheit, it would be deadly heat…if you happened to be a snowman.

        • GK

          Not funny. I happened to know a snowman once. Lovely guy, he didn’t deserve what came to him. :(

  • Chicano chars

    Interesting idea but only 4 seem “extreme” also needs more detail sholud be named 10 weather anomalies but other than great concept

  • Random McPerson

    You took a good concept and made it all about canada, which ruined it. I’m from California in the United States and converting the celsius measurements to fahrenheit was easy, but 6 entries had almost all of their content and information being about Canada, and 7 entries stated that the anomaly occurred in Canada. There are plenty other weather anomalies that you could’ve included that were much more interesting than certain ones on the list that say, AREN’T ABOUT CANADA!!!!!!!!! So, basically what you did was take a good concept, make it all about Canada, and ruin the concept on this site for possibly forever. Smooth.

    • Useless tantrum

    • Gertrude

      Exactly what I thought. It’s all about the USA and Canada these days, the writers are so focussed on their own countries that they hardly realise there’s a world out there.

      • flgh

        Except to these yanks & maple people USA & Canadia are the only 2 countries in the world

        • wow

          yeah totally, thanks for that shocking glimpse into the minds of ‘yanks & maple people’! your insight is original and refreshing.

      • BenD

        The quality of lists are due to the Lister who is submitting them. I find the quality of comments lately reaching childish proportions.

        At these these people are submitting lists. Without that, “we” would have nothing to complain about.

    • DocHolliday

      Versus all those other times where list are about nothing but the US right? Like for example the list from YESTERDAY! “Top 10 Important Events in US History”, that ring any bells?

      The world doesn’t revolve around the US sweetheart, and the sooner you come to that realization the better.

      • whoareyou

        Hey dumb guy, who are you even talking to? We’re over here complain about Canada and of course some bitter nut has to cry about the USA. Keep talking about us at every turn and enjoy eating sand sandwiches from your cave.

      • Tracypants

        At least the title of that one told you it was about the United States right in the title. What did you expect, top 10 important events in US history that happened in China?

      • WyattEerp

        Were you trying to be ironic by using the US’s most famous dentist/gambler/gunfighter as your username?

      • Random MacPerson

        At least that one told people from other countries to compile their own list. It also said it was about the US in the title, where as this one didn’t give a warning about it being mainly about canada. There was also already a list about important events in world history. In addition, I also complained on the one from yesterday!!!!!!!!! I don’t have an account on this site so I change the name every time I comment on a different list. Plus, nowadays i don’t even like the US as a country. In my opinion we have kept making bad decisions since the mid ’80s. Pretty much 30% of all of my relatives on my dad’s side live in canada too!!!!!! Another 40% also lives in Israel. On my mom’s side 80% of my relatives live in Korea, so I am not biased towards the US. So you could say that i wouldn’t complain on this list using your logic. I thought this list would be more global since the title was deceiving. At least the US isn’t the main topic in other lists that were meant to be global.

        PS. It’s also much easier for an author to write a list about the country he is in, but at least say that it’s about that country.

        PPS. I also agree that there are too many US based lists on this site recently.

        PPPS. Assuming that I had no problem with those lists too just makes you look like an idiot for jumping to conclusions.

        • Ms-binks

          Calm down, your little whinge tantrum is embarassing. You wanted a warning so you’d know the list enteries were mainly regarding canadian cities? Grow up! Life doesn’t always go your way, you want a list that caters specifically to your interests then write one yourself.

  • Laura

    I consider 2010 to be a summerless year too. We didn’t have snow, but it rained almost every day and I can remember a total of only 4-5 days of complete sunshine.

    Funny thing is it always started raining at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon and lasted throughout the night, so at work we almost started a riot, because everybody wanted the morning shift. Good times…not!

  • Surya

    Of late, Listverse has become such a Canada-USA centric site that, even when a frog urinates in Canada, it becomes a top ten event. :(

    • I think it depends on who submits the lists, if more people from other countries wrote good lists and submitted them, then other countries would be included. What happens on Listverse is at times in your hands as the reader :)

      • Gertrude

        You’re stupid. Listverse isn’t a war where the USA are trying to take over. Since the majority of the readers are American, the vast majority of submissions will be too.

      • Surya

        Had it been true, the animal lists would have been written by animals only! (TyB is a nice human being, AFAIK)

        • You win, you are a hero to many (smiley face and a thumbs up) -_-

        • Arsnl

          Let’s get 1000 monkeys to type on 1000 keybords and see what type of list they would make.

          • Tracypants

            I bet it would be about Shakespeare…

    • Urinatingfrogseeker

      WHAT? When did a frog urinate in Canada? Where???

    • Random McPerson

      I also think that lists have also been too Eurocentric when talking about history.

      • raubtier

        Cool, then find some non-europeans to submit lists. This isn’t all done by one writer, if you want more content related to your culture, FIND MORE PEOPLE OF YOUR CULTURE TO MAKE LISTS.

        Look at how simple that was.

  • venusbloo

    1 day in July last year in the UK we had some sun, now that’s extreme weather! The last time that happened was in 1066 and King Harold had some dark sunglasses on, he didn’t see that pesky arrow coming.
    We did have a 3 weeks of mild weather in the summer of 1455 though, a couple of families decided to see whose flowers were the best and it descended into a big family feud, The War of the Roses lasted until 1485 when it was decided that the red ones were the nicest.

    • Dan

      Oh now what about the summer of ’98? As I recall, we had almost half a day of warmth…not sun mind you…

  • boy tungkab

    you north americans are wusses… here in southeast asia we get 36-39C on average in the summertime, and maybe a nippy (for us) 26C in jan feb and mar.

    guys in mumbai have it worse though, they get 41C in the summer there, i was told. now that is warm. thick, humid warm.

    • Laura

      They’re living in the North Hemisphere and are used to low temperatures. Their bodies are adapted to surviving in cold weather rather than warm one.

      It’s all a matter of perspective, I find 26 C degrees to be a bit warm and I could call you a wuss too for finding it to be “nippy”.

    • whoareyou

      I’m from NA (Southern USA) and we’ve seen temperatures near 110 more than just once or twice a summer sometimes. That and I could probably take colder temperatures than you. You’re just a whiny bitch, you can’t complain about temperatures from your stupid ass indoor computer.

    • Auburn Tiger

      Here in Atlanta, GA (US), our temperatures range from -7 to 36 degrees C. Typically our humidity in the summer is at least 60%. Also, I hope you like Mosquitos. We get quite a range of temperatures and most of them suck. I love it here all the same though.

    • Battman

      Try living through a winter on the Canadian Prairies. We’ll see who the wuss is then. Wuss.

  • Kat85

    inertesting list and a fun read but a bit bias to America and Canada, how about the heatwave in Argentenia in 2009 (ish?), a few years ago the Uk flooded every year each summer for about three years because of high rainfall. This year the UK had one of the hottest springs on record.

    there 40 degree c tempratures in france in 2003, i could go on and on, point is it would be nice to read about it on a more global scale

    however the list is easy to read and easy to understand :)

  • Risch

    In South Africa we don’t have much of Spring or Autumn anymore… (We joke that the criminals even stole those 2 seasons!!) Most years the winter starts around early May, where it just suddenly gets cold. One day you wear short sleeves, next day you wear a vest and a jacket! Same with Summer. Starts around middle September, nowadays more end September. One day cold, next day hot enough for aircons.

  • punk4rock

    Last December England had 2 feet of snow and temperatures of -17-20C, one of our coldest winters ever and this spring has been the hottest on record with temperatures of 24-30C. Very strange!

  • grant

    I wish we have snow here…

  • Armadillotron

    Am I the only person who thinks “The Year without a Summer,” sounds cool?

    • Laura

      Yeah, they were all chillin’ out :D

    • Risch

      No, I also think it sounds fabulous. Like the name of a movie or novel…

  • Ross

    Very poorly written list. “Warm” Spring? Are you kidding me?

  • Lazar

    Number 4 is kinda disappointing… I live in Belgrade, Serbia, and every winter is between -20 and -10 degrees Celsius, and every summer it’s over 40 degrees. And this is EVERY YEAR!

    • Agreed

      I like how your one comment essentially negates this entire list.

      • Maggot

        I like how neither of you two idiots know what the word “anomaly” means. That one comment didn’t negate the list…on the contrary, it identified the reason that Belgrade, Serbia’s winters and summers aren’t on the list.

        • Arsnl

          Oh come on. I enjoyed the list. Found out new things. Re asserted some old things (why i’d never move to canada) but when the list says extreme weather anomalies one would assume weather anomalies across the globe (or where people live atleast).

          The way you put it, it would mean that we can make a list for every corner of the globe. Since every corner has it’s weather anomalies. Do you want the weather anomalies that happened in my bathroom? That would make for a very very long list.

          I enjoyed the list. Was a good quick read. I also agree with the commenters. Some weather anomalies that were more serious were left out. Like france for example. Many deaths. It had a huge impact on how people get organised during these things, atleast here.

          • Maggot

            The way I put it? I can’t tell by your reply if you fail to grasp it as well, but the point is that these “anomalies” are one-time events that are out of character as compared to the expected norms of a specific place. Yes, the list could include way more examples from across the globe; there’s probably countless such examples. Even your bathroom, if it is exposed to the elements and experiences a weather anomaly…but I suppose that would defeat the purpose of calling it a bathroom, but I digress. So anyway, to act all incredulous because a temperature or condition in some given location’s anomalous event is less severe than what some other place routinely experiences every single year, while perhaps kind of interesting in one context, kind of misses the point in another context. Such as the context of the person to whom I was replying.

          • Arsnl

            I live at the last floor and i have a lil window on my roof. How classy is that? I call it bathroom cuz 6 walls hole in one of them is kind of a generic term that would fit any other room and my toilet is special. I do only certain activities there. It gets foggy though during winters though. Oh and it rained and i forgot to close the window. We had droplets on the sink and walls. That was Xtreme. And now you Know (with a big k)

            You know exactly what i meant and what the commenters meant. You are nit picking. Are you a lawyer? Cuz in that case the list should be called extreme anomalies on random locations on the globe during random periods of time. The commenters were challenging this list and in my point of view. The way you put it would make the list completely irrelevant. Nobody cares about local phenomena and im sure the writer wanted a list that aspired a somewhat global effect.

            That being said: c’mon man. Really? Geesh. *facepalm* thats usuallymy reaction to nitt picking moments.

          • Maggot

            Hey, I live for nit-picking. Well really, I wouldn’t have cared much about the first guy’s comment tbh. I only went after the second guy because he piled on condescendingly, but got it wrong. I’m kind of surprised that you don’t see that. You say he was “challenging the list”…I will now nit-pick your interpretation and say his grounds for challenging was the result of his own ignorance to what the list was actually attempting to illustrate, and was therefore misguided. And as such, his condescension made HIM look like an idiot, not the listwriter whom he was trying to belittle. If you think this makes me look like a nit-picker…well, did I mention that I live for nit-picking? But even I have limits. Like, I would prefer not to nit-pick about your special bathroom moments and how your “activities” cause the room to fog up. I will just take your word for it.

        • Lifeschool

          Elequantly succinct maggot :) There is intelligence in the universe, there’s just bugger-all down here on Earth,

  • Kris

    What about sunderland in the uk!! I live here and on christmas eve it was minus 25 yet on april 18th was 33.2c

  • Joey Joe Joe Shabadoo

    A lot of these “extremes” don’t seem all that extreme. I’ve seen 90 degree days in April and 0 degree days in March.

    Maybe that’s not the norm for a lot of people, but in the midwestern states, weather “anomalies” happen somewhat frequently in my opinion.

  • Interesting

  • Some guy

    Uh aside from the fact most entries centered around north america, I’d just like to point out Chinooks (depending on the location) occur way more then a couple of years, as many as over 20 times in a year.

  • What about last winter for europe in general? Lots of snow, airport delays. In Ireland we had insane amounts of snow, at least a foot thick. Normally we get a small dusting that lasts for a few days, if we even get any snow at all. Last winter it lasted for about two weeks and their were record breaking lows around the country.

  • WafflesWafers

    I read about Spearfish before. One of the most interesting to me. :D

  • The Dude

    We had 30°C (86°F) in early April 2011 in Switzerland. The trees had not yet leaves but it was already summer !

  • BenD

    You rule, really? What are you 12?

    • circlefan

      hmm…i didnt think its immature to expect truly extreme weather phenomenon like fish and frog rains, which are real documented cases…

      • YouRang?

        Go to top of page, click Archives, Click Crime&Mystery. You’ll find that Listverse has covered these topics thoroughly.

        Happy reading.

  • Enter your comment here.

  • We hit 112 f. 2 weeks ago in Texas

  • Marianne

    ‘Imagine wearing your winter coat in August…’ We do that quite often in England! Also for the past couple of years, most of our warm weather seems to be in April… Don’t want to sound like a stereotypical Brit here but our weather really does have a mind of it’s own lol : )

  • oouchan

    I’ve always loved weather. When it gets bad I like to be out in it. Love to storm chase as well. This list was a good idea but lacked sustenance to be good overall. Also less diverse as it could have been.

    Interesting idea.

    • DryToast

      Yes, it’s no wonder that weather is one of our primary conversation items.

      I’ve noticed a lot of, what I have dubbed, “Crowded House Phenomenon” lately (Four Seasons in One Day). E.g. cold, rainy, fog, sunny, hail, hot all in a matter of hours…

  • jeffthemaori

    I remember when we had a couple of 40 degree celsius days when I was in high school here in Christchurch, New Zealand. I had never experienced heat like that ever. Thank goodness I was very fit (I emphasise the word ‘was’), I handled it fine but the fat kids and teachers suffered terribly.

  • Canada, Canada, Canada.

    Extreme weather? 83 degrees a heat wave? Give me a break. How about the 2003 European Heat Wave, where France and Spain hit 100-100 degree+ temps, suffered major crop failures, and 40,000 people died?

    How about the 1974 Super Outbreak of Tornadoes in the US and a teensy bit of Canada?

    How about the White Hurricane of 1993 that plastered the Eastern US with a hurricane-like blizzard?

    How about the 1998 Ontario / Quebec Ice Storm that dropped 5″+ of ice on a wide area?

    How about the 71.9″ of rain dropped on Reunion Island during Cyclone Denise?

    How about the Australian floods from earlier this year? Or the floods produced by Hurricane Floyd in NC, VA, and NJ?

    Altogether, a very poor list.

    • raubtier

      Shockingly, the guy with the republican logo doesn’t like a list about Canada.

      I am shocked beyond all belief.

  • Rossco

    was this the 10 most extreme weather anomalies for canada?

  • Chantale

    I, for one, liked this list. I always see so much Americanized lists that seeing one with a few extra Canadian entries isn’t going to kill me. Lots of lists are biased, it’s all about where the author is doing their reasearch.

    I do think we should do another top 10 extreme weathers and include a bit more variety. I’m sure there are a lot of other countries who have suffered the same drastic weather changes.

  • D

    I live in Northern Ontario and we get days in the 30s during the summer while it drops below -40 in the winter. I still wear a t-shirt and no jacket until it drops below -10! We are accustomed to it.

  • soreheid

    the question is:
    whether the weird weather in winnapeg is on a world wide weird weather level.
    the answer is: No

  • Calgaryachilles

    For the record. We get multiple chinooks a year

  • Wormycat

    40 degrees Celsius? And so many people died??? No wonder I’ve never seen a Russian person in South Africa… Oudtshoorn often has temperatures up to 45 degrees in summer!!! Then you just fan youself and go, “Sho! It’s warm, ne?!”

  • Wormycat

    40 degrees Celsius? And so many people died??? No wonder I’ve never seen a Russian person in South Africa… Oudtshoorn often has temperatures up to 45 degrees in summer!!! Then you just fan yourself and go, “Sho! It’s warm, ne?!”

  • jbjr

    2. “The weatherman actually had to explain to the people what snow was and what it could do, but many of the folk merely thought he was pulling their legs, and so did not take his warning seriously”

    This struck me funny for some reason.

  • Stopper333

    A bit too much whining from the commenters I see heh who cares if its about Canada or USA, the real problem here is.. theyre not extreme!! or anomalies!.. at all.

  • Jathu

    I have to admit it, this list is very Canadian :|

  • undaunted warrior 1

    Interistig list, just poorly put together and presented.

    • Lifeschool

      You were so interested you spent ‘Interesting’ in an whole new interesting way. I can always tell ;)

      • Hey jackass when calling people out on their spelling it’s typically a good idea to make sure you ‘SPENT’ your own words correctly.

        • Lifeschool

          you got me ;) In trying to be clever changing ‘spelled’ to ‘spelt’ I hit the wrong key – God forgive me.

          • Kaneone

            it is ok my child, i forgive you! You may now return to your regularly scheduled internet spelling policing! :-)

  • Allen

    I love weather related trivia and this was a good list.

  • This list could have been great, but there were only a few actual extreme occurrences on it. Yes, it would have been nice to have a few more other places than having over half the posts from Canada but that’s besides the point…take #3 for instance…is that seriously considered extreme weather in Canada when an average for a spring season is just a few degrees above normal? Seriously? If that were the case I could make a list of 10 years when that happened in my home town alone….which is every year in one way or another, either it’s above average hot, or below average cold, or there’s a record drought, or rainfall….you get the picture I hope…

  • Bullamakanka

    In February 2008, a storm cell appeared over Mackay, Queensland, Australia, and dumped 625 mm (24.6 inches) of rain between about 3pm and 9pm. That averages out to 2 inches per hour or so, and it was constant. The place was flooded before anyone had a chance to move stuff to higher ground.

    That’s what I’d call a weather anomaly.

    • YouRang?

      I think you could do a gret list on Australian weather anomalies of the last 15 years or so. that country has had a rough time weather-wise. At one time half the country was on fire and the other half was flooded.

  • chershey

    I might have renamed the list along the lines of temperature extremes. When I think of weather anomalies I think not only of unusual temperature changes, but also of improbable cloud formations, bizarre tornadoes, and the like.

  • CrazyGirl

    I grew up in Northern Alberta and will never forget making a snow man in August of 92′.

  • Xyroze

    While I’m sure all of these events are indeed weather anomalies, and normally I’m a huge fan of weather related lists, this was one of the most poorly written, boring and otherwise insignificant lists I have read in a while. I could have received more interesting statistics by visiting and looking at the record highs and lows. Then at least it would have been consistently in the same format at least. Also, throwing in the “the year without a summer” that has been mentioned in countless other lists to make yours actually have one interesting entry felt extremely out of place.

    • David Hopkins

      Really? You’re not interested in the fact that a city 25 degrees North of the equator actually received snow one year?

  • circlefan

    i thought i’d see non aqueous precipitation…

    • That has featured previously on a weather list :)

      • YouRang?

        Yes, we had a whole list of Strange Things That Fell From the Sky. It was an excellent list. If that’s your cup of red rain, look it up in the Archives somdeday. But first finish these comments. You might find something interesting…

  • James___UK

    Another good addition to this list could have been the crazy snow we had in england for a fortnight last year(?), it was the craziest snow we’d had since the 40s or something

  • Jimmy

    I love how more then half this post is about Canadian cities and being from Calgary, the chinook happens all the time only place in the world where it happens also

  • Tim from Canada

    We actually get a few chinooks per winter, as opposed to once every few years. Technically chinooks are just warm fronts coming off the mountains, which happens on a regular basis, regardless of the season.

    • Mrs. Antichrist

      Indeed. Calgary tends to experience at LEAST one chinook per month in the winter.

  • robin

    the first sentence on the Alberta chinook is completely wrong. We have 20 to 30 chinooks every year, not one every several years.

  • Bruno

    Calgary gets Chinooks several times each winter. i lived tehre inthe late 90s

    • Battman

      I’ve lived in the Calgary area since the early ’80’s and chinooks are anything but anomalies and neither is snow in the summer months, but it is far less common. When Calgary hosted the winter Olympics in 1988, they had to truck snow in fron Banff so Canada Olympic Park would look good for the TV cameras. Temps were hitting the low 20’s (C)

  • blast

    This list is so Canadian. Canada here, Canada there.

    • Battman

      And your point is?

      • joboflores1

        …that canada is not just the country on the planet earth…

  • kush

    in December of 2002 (?), Philippines experienced a one-minute snow knowing this is a tropical country. That’s what I called anomaly.

  • pat rice

    is that billy joel scraping his windshield in the pic for #2?

  • HulkSmashNow

    Great list. Just a few months ago, North Texas was blanketed by snow and ice and temperatures in the teens (Fahrenheit), and now, in July, we’ve had over two months of 100 degrees F temperatures. Now, that’s extreme to me!

  • Dan

    Should’ve replaced #9 and just called it “10 North American heat and cold streaks”.

  • Lifeschool

    Hi there. Extreme weather anomalies. The first thing I thought of was El Nino, but I suppose that happens fairly regularly around every five years or so. I guess I was expecting hail stones the size of soccer balls, ball lightning, mega massive hurricanes, volcano ash deserts, freezing fog, and perhaps the long hot summer of 1976. Oh well, maybe next time.

    Warm Spring.. :lol:

    • YouRang?

      Lifeschool, we’ve already had a couple of lists that mentioned those things, but I wouldn’t mind reading another one. You’d need a new angle, though, something like “Weird Weather Events You’ve Never Heard Of.”

  • YouRang?

    David, I just noticed that your intro begins with “…non-tropical Northern Hemisphere…”. Is that the only area you meant to include?

  • Tyler

    Too Canadian.

  • Slatanic

    I have read nearly if not all of the lists on this site and I can say without a doubt this is in the top 5 worst lists on the entire site. Not even remotely interesting. The only cool entry was about the temp rising like 40 degrees in South Dakota in 2 minutes.

    • YouRang?

      WOW, that’s really saying something, Slatanic, ’cause we’ve had some REALLY bad lists. Remember the flap over whether a square is a rectangle in the Unique Flags list? Actually, I’d be hard-pushed to put this in the Worst 5 of this month. It’s better than the Metal Myths list, at least. (Myths List… That’s hard to say!) Remejmber when Christine called the Phillipines the Phillipians and 43 people wrote to tell her that’s a book in the Bible? Remember ButterFace?

      We’ve had some BAD lists!

    • raubtier

      Look man, when you live in Calgary, this shit is interesting.

  • elleoh

    I live in Calgary, where this author is obviously not from because some winters we can get chinooks every week. If it wasn’t for chinooks I probably wouldn’t be able to stand living here in the winter. Calgary winter without chinooks is called Edmonton…those poor bastards

    • YouRang?

      But Edmonton has the world’s biggest mall, so it evens out, right?

  • Canadian guy

    I’m Canadian and that list was boring eh???

  • Mcooke

    Here in Scotland we get all four seasons in one day so all these “extreme weather anomalies” seem pretty normal

  • OddJobb

    Since a poster asked: to convert from Celcius to Fahrenheit, multiply by 1.8 and add 32. And to convert from Fahrenheit to Celcius, subtract 32 and divide by 1.8.

    • YouRang?

      Thanks, OddJobb. I always get that mixed up and end up reading about heat waves of 37F. Seriously!

  • willbear

    These are hardly extreme anomalies. Winters here are -30 Celsius and summers can get to 35 degrees Celsius. I’m in central Canada. Those warmer days that occur in what is suppose to be colder months happen all the time, I wouldn’t call it an anomaly. There are mores places in Canada then Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa.

  • Roxanne

    Once every several years?! For a chinook?! It’s almost a goddamn weekly occurrence. And 22 in February is odd, but I remember a couple of years ago it was 20ish on Christmas Day. We were skating in our t-shirts!

  • lolwut

    Disappointing… I live in Chicago and that should be enough explanation to the weather here. I also was hoping this list would have been EXTREME as stated, and not focused on mainly Canadia and a pinch of the US. Come on, it’s weird here, but not even close to other instances of weird. I wanted to read about insane stuff, not everyday normal stuff. This is what we experience here all the time, and this is nothing compared to what goes on around the world. Redo please.

  • Sue

    Ok, I just started reading this list and I had to comment. I’ve lived in southeastern Alberta my entire life. We get chinooks year round. We had a chinook a week or two ago. It has been above 25 for the past couple weeks, and more recently hovering around 30, which is normal for where I live in Alberta this time of year. A chinook is merely a dry, hot wind that comes off the rockies(so a west wind). It forms a chinook arch in the clouds(which you can see in the picture)

    • Bob

      Another one you forgot is the fact that it snows in my city in May quite frequently. I remember the year it snowed 2 feet overnight. I think it has snowed in every month of the year here. This is just what happens in southeastern Alberta.

  • First, I’m Canadian grew up in Alberta. My whole family still lives there. I’ve been living in the USA for 20 years now. I have huge american and Canadian pride. That being said I felt cheated by the title of the list as majority of it wasn’t that ‘extreme’ would have liked to have read some of the I’m sure many more Worldly extreme weather anomalies. A warm spring? Yikes. That alone helps tarnish what is typically my favorite website.

    I live in las Vegas. We had snow last year for the first time since the 70s. It was gone by late afternoon but I got pics of my palm trees in the yard covered. We made CNN. Not extreme by any measure but odd. Only extreme thing was the news reporting a stabbing caused by two men having an altercation over a stolen snowman. That’s bizarre.

  • KimbaR

    These are nothing compared to the weather we get in the UK!

  • raubtier

    We get chinooks in Calgary…. maybe once every 1-2 months? Way more than this list is claiming, in fact we had one three weeks ago. It makes a very distinctive arch of clouds over the mountains. Pretty cool to be outside in January, in Canada, in a T-shirt.

    But it’s not exactly “rare”

  • nthensome

    You know what’s really extreme?
    I once finished a box of Captain Crunch in a week!

    • Kaneone

      Finish that in a day, and your bloody gums will be more than extreme

    • Slappy

      I once boxed Cap’n Crunch to the finish. I kicked him in the Grape-Nuts and was doing well until he hit me with his telescope. I was bowled over. Well, that’s Life.

      Ta-ta, Cheerios.

  • raubtier

    Calgary Alberta has weather you have to experience to believe. It just hailed at my house this morning, and I mean golfball size hail, now there’s not a single cloud in the sky and it must be 30c. Owning clothes is impossible here, we’d be happier if we just made tunnels between buildings like gophers. What a place.

  • Bill

    this is stupid. All canadian cities have extreme weather, winnipeg goes from -50 with the windchill in winter to +35 in summer. Wouldn’t weather anomalies constitute things like hurricanes, tornadoes, large thunderstorms, monsoons and other stuff like that?

  • can you aresholes quit bashing Canada now?? Who the feck do you think you are? What’s your problem with Canada? Feckin’ hell…get a life!

  • Meg

    Oh wow, I live about 45 mins away from Spearfish and I haven’t heard about that sudden temperature change.

  • xt3h0m3g4x

    how does someone die of a heat stroke in just 104 degrees farenheit, i work in 110-112 outdoors!

  • mimimoo

    I’m sorry, “22.6 degrees Celsius”? Damn that’s considered as a blissfully cold day here (where the average daily temperature is 30-31 C and reaches up to 40 or higher when it’s summer).

  • creamk

    Wusses… Here in Finland we got a month of -30C and 2 weeks of +30C this year. And that’s considered pretty normal thing… Wouldn’t like to live in Siberia, it gets even worse down there.

  • Canada much? Jeez if someone didn’t know better they would think all extreme weather was in Canada.. This is obviously just a silly idea. About as silly as this list..

  • Mpikes5

    I have lived in fl all my life (23) and I have seen snow here 5 times.

  • Tj

    Obviously nothing better to do in Canada then own a weather station.

  • Ericd

    This needs to be in top ten worst lists of all time.

  • Damian

    You kidding me if you want extreme weather come to Texas you can have the air condition and the heater on during the same day. We have had snow and then 60 degree Fahrenheit weather two hours later. The average temp right now where i live during the day sits about 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit and has been for weeks. I remember once it was in the 90’s we had a cold front move through about noon and it dropped into the 40’s within an hour the weather on this list is nothing compared to what we Texan’s are used to you wimps don’t even get me started on the wild fires and smoke that we are having from this extreme heat.

  • Liz

    A chinook once every few years? I live in Calgary and chinooks happen several times every winter. Last year we must have had maybe 12 or 13.

  • Sheila

    Where did you get your Alberta/Calgary Chinook information? I live in Calgary, and us folks often experience a Chinook several times EVERY winter, not once every several years. It is not unusual for it to be minus 20 Celsius one day, and plus 10 degrees Celsius the next. Also, I would say that we hardly ever experience weather close to 20 degrees Celsius until mid to late May, hardly ever in April.

  • Wxman

    I’m a meteorologist. A chinook is a wind that blows downhill off the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. The air warms by compression and tends to melt the snow it encounters. It is a common phenomenon around the world, and goes by different names. It is a Native American (not sure which language) meaning “snow eater” an has been around since, oh, well, since mountains have been around.

    But this is typical of You can get as accurate information here as you can on Wikipedia. No peer reviews. No fact checking. All you have to do is talk really loud and people think you are an expert.

  • NedNoodle

    I lived in Vancouver from September ’08 until September ’09 and boy we got some extreme weather. Freezing cold winter with beautiful snow covering Stanley Park and gorgeous roasting hot summer which was great for the “World Fireworks Championship”. Fantastic city.

  • Mainak Banerjee

    Not good enough!!

  • iddy

    OMG I want a snow here in the Philippines!!!! It’s soo FREAKIN HOT!!!

  • Mabel

    Oh MAN I wish #7 would happen here. We’re still in that horrible heat wave that’s been going on for the last few weeks. And they’re saying next week will be back into the 100s. XP

  • rob

    I live in Ottawa and I was beside myself when that early-April heat wave hit! It was literally like we’d time warped into July. I spent those days at the beach, had a barbecue supper outside on the deck and actually had to take a cool shower in the evening because I was hot.

  • Hus Koh Samui

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