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30 Skiers Do Backflip While Holding Hands

In what may be a new world record, 30 skiers pull off a major backflip while holding hands on the slopes of Mont-Saint-Sauveur in Quebec.

Homepage image courtesy of Flickr, John Lemieux

Thousands Of People Have Been Evacuated In Canada After City-Sized Wildfires Spread Out Of Control

Right now, a wildfire is tearing its way across the Canadian province of Alberta. Its currently about850 square kilometers(about 328 square miles) in size, which is roughly thesize of Rome. Although it has recently begun to slow down, the conflagration is currently surrounding the city of Fort McMurray, and firefighters are desperate to kill it before it advances any further.

Around 8,000 people have been airlifted out of the severely damaged city, but 17,000 remain, and they are genuinely at risk of being completely trapped by the fire. Authorities hope that the only motorway capable of evacuating these residents will be safe enough by the end of Friday this week.

Let me be clear: air tankers are not going to stop this fire, said Chad Morrison, Albertas manager of wildfire prevention, as reported by theGuardian. It is going to continue to push through these dry conditions until we actually get some significant rain.

Naturally, people are beginning to wonder what caused such an unusually powerful, prolonged wildfire. Was this disaster, which has caused the largest fire evacuation in the provinces history, a one-off, or is it a sign of worse things to come?

Several climate change experts have concluded that this was in fact the result of a perfect storm, a dangerous union between themost powerful El Nio on recordand man-made climate change. Although tinder-dry plants, very low humidity and hot, strong winds have rendered the 1,100 firefighters unable to halt the fire, its ultimate cause appears to down to these twofamiliar antagonists.

Man-madeclimate changehas indubitably made wildfires both more common and more powerful: Since 1979, wildfire seasons have lengthened by nearly 19 percent. The global frequency of long fire weather seasons has also jumped by a whopping 53.4 percent, and the amount of burnable land affected has risen byover 108 percent.

Alberta itself has had 330 wildfires since the beginning of the year, which is more than double the recent annual average. As a marker of just how unusually hot it is right now, Fort McMurray recorded a temperature of 32.6C (90.7F), way above the expected high temperature of 14C (57.2F) for early May.

Although warmer winters are certainly down to climate change, the current record-setting El Nio has only served to exacerbate things. Thanks to the complex machinations of this climatic event, western Canada experienced a serious drought, so severe in fact that the province declared an agricultural emergency. This dryness has continued long into the beginning of spring.

We’ve had an incredibly dry winter, we didn’t have enough snow pack, ProfessorJudith Kulig, from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, toldBBC News. The drought, the lack of snow, the extremely high temperatures and the current lack of precipitation have all made for a rather grim tale that is not yet over.

Hopefully, the story ends with the residents of Fort McMurray being safely evacuated, but the danger is currently far from over. At the moment, out of the 49 separate wildfires in the area, seven are still listed as out of control. The scale of the fire can be tracked in real-timehere.

Ultimately, the take-home message is this: Climate change is makingextreme weather events including wildfires more likely, and these will be at their worst during El Nio years.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/environment/city-sized-alberta-wildfires-driven-climate-change-and-powerful-el-ni-o

Meteor Explodes Over Canada

Yesterday on Sunday, May 4th, a meteor exploded over southern Ontario in Canada. The sighting occurred just before 4:20 pm local time and produced a flash of light that witnesses say rivaled the brightness of the sun. The explosion caused a loud crashing sound, leading many citizens to wonder if their house had sustained any damage.

The meteor was about half a meter long, causing it to explode with the force of 20-30 tons of dynamite, astronomy professor Peter Brown told CBC News. Although the Earth gets pelted with up to 78,000 tons of space debris each year, most of them occur over water or uninhabited areas. 

Check out some of these dash cam videos that caught the brief, yet incredibly bright meteor explosion:


Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/space/meteor-explodes-over-canada

Blizzard Reserves Full Fury for Canadian Meteorologists During Live Report

The blizzard that bypassed New York City on Tuesday night went on to became one of the strongest winter storms to churn the waters of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, striking Canada with its full fury.

he storm slammed the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, bringing winds equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, waves that exceeded 45 feet in height, and close to two feet of wind-blasted snow.

The storm was so strong that reporters for The Weather Network, the Canadian equivalent to The Weather Channel, had trouble battling the elements during their live shots. In this video, Weather Network meteorologists Chris Scott and Mark Robinson were wiped out of camera-range at about the one minute mark during a report from Grand Etang, Nova Scotia.

According to Weather Underground chief meteorologist Jeff Masters, Grand Etang recorded peak sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, with gusts to 102 miles per hour. This location, Masters said, can experience especially strong southeast winds enhanced by nearby terrain. “These southeasterly winds travel up over Cape Breton and a funneling effect intensifies them as they blow downslope toward the Gulf of St. Lawrence,” he said in a blog post on Thursday.

The storm was noteworthy for intensifying so quickly, going from an ordinary low pressure system to a monstrous storm with a central pressure of 955 millibars — which is about as strong as a winter storm can get in this area.


Visible satellite image of the blizzard on March 26

Read more: http://mashable.com/2014/03/27/blizzards-wipes-out-two-canadian-reporters/

Skiing Through A Canadian Blizzard

It’s been a relatively mild winter in America so far, but it seems that could all change in Canada right above Montana wants people to know that it is not mild up north at all. They just had over four feet of snow fall recently, and had professional skier Dylan Siggers show off what skiing in a true winter wonderland is like with an awesome and unique GoPro point of view. 


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/01/19/skiing-through-a-canadian-blizzard/

Drone Flies Dangerously Close to Canadian Airport


A pilot practices flying his "quadcopter" drone while wearing goggles connected to the small camera seen at the bottom center of the craft.
Image: Mel Evans/Associated Press

An unidentified drone flew dangerously close the flightpath at Vancouver’s international airport on Monday, prompting a search by police.

The drone was flying over a runway when someone at air traffic control spotted it, according to local reports.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police searched the area, setting up road blocks, but were unable to find the pilot of the drone. The police said they might press charges for mischief and criminal negligence, if they do.

“It puts people in danger and puts them at risk, puts the community at risk,” RCMP Sgt. Cam Kowalski said, according to CBC. “It’s incredibly dangerous and incredibly stupid, so we will investigate this every way that we possibly can.”

This is the second time in less than a year that a drone has flown close to Vancouver’s airport. Last November, someone posted a video of a landing airplane shot from a drone, which prompted an investigation by Canada’s transportation agency.

Canada has relatively lax rules concerning the use of drones. If the flying robot is under 77 pounds, its pilot can fly it freely as long as he or she keeps it within line of sight and doesn’t fly it too close to populated areas or restricted airspace. In the U.S., on the other hand, drones can’t be flown closer than 5 miles from an airport.

Despite this rule, similar incidents have happened in the United States. Last year, an airline pilot spotted a drone a few miles from New York City’s JFK airport. More recently, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration revealed that a drone and an American Airlines jet came very close to crashing into each other 2,300 feet above the ground near the Tallahassee Regional Airport in Florida.

For more on Mashable‘s coverage of unmanned aerial vehicles, check out Drone Beat.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2014/07/02/drone-flies-dangerously-close-to-planes-at-canadian-airport/

Cat Stars In Adorable University Of Lethbridge Commercial

Cat Stars In Adorable University Of Lethbridge Commercial

The marketing team at University of Lethbridge sure knows how to speak to this new generation.  

To promote the Alberta school and a contest to win tickets to have dinner with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, the school commissioned this viral, Internet approved commercial starring a cat.



Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/02/04/cat-stars-in-adorable-university-of-lethbridge-commercial/