There are six main risks we face from a changing climate in Edmonton:
Floods. Downpours of heavy rain and the resulting floods can wash away our home’s foundation, cause mold and mildew to proliferate, damage electronics, and more! We’ve seen very severe events in Calgary, High River, Fort McMurray and many other places.
Heat. The heat dome event of 2021 brought record temperatures to our region. Events like this also affect our plants and yards.
Wind. We are experiencing more frequent severe wind events that can bring down trees and damage our homes. It’s important to maintain any trees on your property, and remove dead branches that would be a hazard.
Hail. Hail can fall at speeds of 100 km/h or more, and cause significant damage to homes, property, cars and crops.
Drought. Not only are we expecting to see an increase in flooding events, but also the corresponding periods of drought that can affect crops, our yards and city landscapes.
WildFire. Wildfires are happening with increasing severity and have devastated cities like Fort McMurray, Slave Lake and Lytton B.C. In recent years, Edmonton has also suffered under extremely poor air quality numerous times due to high levels of smoke in the air.
Did you know that Alberta has experienced five of the 10 most costly severe weather events in Canadian history?
Check out Edmonton’s Climate Change Almanac to learn more about Edmonton’s Changing Climate. Also check out their resources for how to Prepare for Climate Change.