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'Black cloud' hangs over B.C. Canada

Weather Observations: Canada
Photo: A vehicle lies buried under a fallen tree and snow in Vancouver’s Stanley Park on Wednesday after another storm blew into the area, packing strong winds and felling more trees

Jan 11, 2007
For a second straight day Thursday in British Columbia, severe weather wreaked havoc and snarled traffic, forcing officials to close roads and emergency crews to rescue stranded motorists. The scene was repeated through to Manitoba as Old Man Winter balled up his fist and delivered a roundhouse white-knuckled wallop of wicked winds and towering drifts that were blamed for at least two deaths and gridlock on roads and at airports. About a dozen destructive storms have battered Canada's West Coast since the fall. In November, the B.C. coast was hit hard and often by drenching rain, howling winds and high tides that prompted a RARE tsunami warning. The month ended in bitter cold and deep snow. Forty centimetres of snow gave the province its second-deepest November snowfall in 66 years of weather-keeping. Three ferocious wind storms in mid-December caused more damage, toppling more than 1,000 trees in Vancouver's Stanley Park. Snowfall in B.C., which followed a wild windstorm on Tuesday that caused widespread power failures, has left many asking why they're being slammed with non-stop weather. "Its like a big black cloud has been hanging over that part of the world. They've set records in terms of warmth, wind and snow. And, we're still looking for weather in Toronto. ... It's as if Toronto has gotten Vancouver weather and Vancouver has gotten Toronto weather." To date this winter, Toronto has had just 1.6 centimetres of snow, while Vancouver has had to shovel out from under about 45 centimetres. "It's been ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WEATHER WINTERS ANYONE HAS SEEN IN RECENT MEMORY...There's been a trio of weather wars: rain, snow and wind."

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