Epic rainfall devastates Toronto: More than a month’s rain falls in less than 2 hours – ‘like nothing we’ve ever seen’

July 9, 2013TORONTO, CANIt is official: the epic rainfall in Toronto on Monday afternoon that drenched highways, had cars bobbing up and down in rainwater and overwhelmed 911 was an extreme weather event. No, experts say, it wasn’t because of climate change. But yes, we will likely see more storms like it. “This is likely the wettest moment in Toronto’s history,” David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, said on Monday evening while rain was still falling. “By the end, we may have a new all-time one-day record.” More than 90 millimeters of rainfall was recorded at Pearson International Airport in just two hours, starting at about 4:30 p.m. To put it in perspective, the wettest day in Toronto was Oct. 15, 1954, when Hurricane Hazel slammed the city and 121.4 millimeters of rainfall was recorded over the entire day. The wettest July day in the city was July 28, 1980, when 118.5 millimeters of rain fell — again, over the entire day. July usually gets about 75 millimeters of rain in the entire month. That’s why Monday’s rainfall was epic. “All of that rain, it fell in less than two hours,” Phillips said. “It’s just incredible.” Brian Edwards, a meteorologist with forecasting service Accuweather.com, said a cluster of extremely slow-moving thunderstorms was responsible for the deluge. “It was almost as if the system refused to move . . . it stood there and rained and rained,” he said. “Nobody could have guessed at the amount of rain it would unleash.” Flooding was inevitable, Edwards said, adding that no infrastructure can possibly handle that kind of rain. But Phillips points out that Toronto, like other cities, is becoming more vulnerable to flooding as more of it is covered with asphalt. Building materials are impervious to rain and so “we end up with flash floods,” he said. Making things worse, the ground had still not absorbed all the water from earlier storms by the time the big downpour hit, so there was nowhere for the rainwater to escape.
Phillips says we are not finished yet — there is “another line of thunderstorms coming our way.” Are there similar extreme weather events in Toronto’s future? Phillips says Monday’s rainfall wasn’t due to climate change, “but it is consistent with what we may see in the future: heavy rains in short periods. Nature is giving us a preview of what we may soon see.” As temperatures rise globally, so do the chances of extreme weather. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in its 2012 report that short, powerful rains, hurricanes, heat waves and droughts will intensify. By the end of this century, the average global temperature could rise anywhere between 1.6 and 4.4 degrees C, it said. Closer to home, a report from the Toronto Environment Office released late last year predicts dramatic changes in weather between 2040 and 2050. –The Star     
  
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20 Responses to Epic rainfall devastates Toronto: More than a month’s rain falls in less than 2 hours – ‘like nothing we’ve ever seen’

  1. I was more then happy to hear my family, friends and none one got hurt in Toronto yesterday.
    The video was pretty amazing, did you hear what the guy said driving by when the water was shooting out of the road, he said what is that.

    He is another link to see amazing pictures of the flood
    http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/toronto-battered-by-storms-and-floods-1.1358775

  2. It is the beginning of sorrows, many more to come and it is our own faults for going against God’s plans for humanity and rejecting Him and His laws. I feel bad for those hurting though and pray for them. But liberals need to take notice. This all started with their agendas!

  3. Lou Musacchio says:

    You know I think we may be seeing the effects of chem-trails. They reflect sunlight back out, but trap infrared light back down which gives rise to a greenhouse effect. When those artificial clouds dissipatate, heat meets cold.

  4. lewonton says:

    Everyone… temps have not increased for the past 15 years, and have fallen in the last 5 years, this rain is just starting, the snows this winter are next.

  5. this might be a stupid question,but where is all the water coming from?I have been wondering that as we have seen rain every day here,I mean the western half of of the country is dry and there is no tropical storms systems going through,where are the clouds picking up so much water to pour on us?

    • S

      Good question, As I warned: “Warming oceans lead to higher evaporation rates…higher evaporation from the world’s oceans is putting more moisture into the air. That moisture is being deposited now over land masses in extreme seasonal climatic events- record and chaotic seasonal rainfall totals, monsoon flooding, and snow fall events.” -The Extinction Protocol, page 488, 2009

  6. Kajajuk says:

    Infrastructure in regions that get monsoons, like Malaysia, can handle such down pours. The Toronto region is a micro-climate rain forrest; well before is was paved over.

  7. John Paily says:

    We know when heat increases, disorder increases. Earth and plants strives by evaporating and transpiring water. With every season when we are exponentially increasing heat, the quantity and speed at which water is lost increases. When climate changes, these water condenses and the speed at which it fall increases. This is manifesting into flash floods/snows and cloud burst and so on. This was predicted and is happening. There are other associated danger such as water stress with depletion of available water to life, increasing soil erosion —-. The sudden peaking and falling of energy of the environment can open holes in the protective environment of earth creating gravity holes, that can suck energy from outer space thus leading to increasing meteor strikes, fire ball from space. The disturbance in the inner space of earth can create sinkholes and so on. All this are unfolding. What is happening around the world is interlinked. http://www.scribd.com/doc/150643994/Global-Emergencies-and-Solution-to-It-From-a-New-Perspective

  8. Cheyner says:

    And in true Toronto fashion, they showed some woman on the news comparing the flooding to the train derailment in Quebec, because some flooding that has already mostly receded is totally the same thing as having part of a town destroyed in an explosion and fire.

  9. Pauly says:

    It’s only a flood if someone lives where it is flooding. So expanding population means more floods. It has nothing to do with climate change.

    • Kajajuk says:

      Climate is always changing. But how much out of the ‘ordinary’ does local weather have to be to suggest it is not natural variability?
      Toronto, does get this much water in a day, on many an occasion. This much rain in 2 hours is more interesting than usual…

  10. Scott says:

    Thats Bomb # 2 for Canada this year. Watch!

  11. Lbisulca says:

    Geoengineering is a major factor that isn’t being discussed along with the natural cycle of climate. Drought in one area and flooding in another is directly related to geoengineering and solar management operations… Along with poisoning the entire earth from the water air and soil.

  12. Doccus says:

    I am stunned that so many commenters seem to think it’s nothing extraordinary, or only appears to be a flood because we happen to be there at the time. When in one year over the entire globe, ALL the worldwide all time heat, wind, rain and cold records are broken, in places that never experience this sort of thing. And, terrible as all these events might be, there may be a silver lining. I believe it shows the Creator’s great mercy, by giving clear warning time to turn back to the truth, instead of a quick and unexpected death such as from, say, a nuke .

  13. slcunningham says:

    90 millimeters or a little more than 3 and a half inches doesn’t seem like much. Here in Houston, we a storm that drop 9 inches of rain within 40 minutes. That would be about 228 millimeters.

    • Doccus says:

      I had to do a double take also, when I saw that the whole thing was about only 4 inches of rain? Sorry I live on the Wet Coast so that doesn’t really mean much. Probably the whole problem in TO was caused by too much urban engineering, without taking extreme weather into account.

  14. mothergaia says:

    Canada is very unfortunate to have a “chief climatologist” who has spent years entertaining us with stories of “wacky weather,” but now (no doubt following the dictates of the oil-hungry Conservative federal government) has actually stated, in self-contradictory fashion, that Monday’s flood “wasn’t because of climate change,” but that we should expect more of the same (maybe because of climate change?) But no, our “expert” tells us to attribute the flood to an increased enthusiasm for paving with asphalt. It would be good if reporters like yourselves commented on the misleading comments of people liks this, who are paid to set people’s concerns about climate change to rest, and keep consumer society thnking it’s just the asphalt that made the water rise higher than ever before. BTW the figures you quote from Phillips don’t match what we heard in other media, that this flood exceeded the previous 1954 record flood levels: 127mm in a few hours.

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