'Big heat' Environment Canada's top weather story of 2012

Volleyball players enjoy the warm temperatures at Mooney's Bay in Ottawa, Wednesday night, June 20,...

Volleyball players enjoy the warm temperatures at Mooney's Bay in Ottawa, Wednesday night, June 20, 2012. (QMI AGENCY/Tony Caldwell)

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A scorching March and the warmest summer on record helped make "the big heat" the number 1 weather story in Canada this year, Environment Canada said Thursday.

2012 is the 16th year in a row that Canada has experienced warmer than normal temperatures, Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips said in announcing the year's top 10 weather stories.

Superstorm Sandy and an active hurricane season were the number 2 story, followed by B.C.'s flooding at number 3.

March, which boasted 20 C temperatures in many parts of the country, came in at number 4.

The Prairie summer -- which was wet, warm and marked by a number of severe weather events -- was number 5.

Ice melting at the top of Canada came in at number 6, and low water levels in Eastern Canada was the number 7 story. Urban floods took the number 8 position, hail in Calgary was number 9 and ice jamming on the St. John River clinched the number 10 spot.


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