Why Weather Events Appear To Be More Frequent

June 1st, 2022 | RR

Over the past ten years, insurance companies have paid out more money in property damage claims due to weather events than they did between 1982 and 2002. That's just a fact and most of us have felt the pinch with our annual insurance premiums. However, the immediate conclusions being presented by corporate media and some insurance companies are mostly false. They blame anthropogenic climate change, or man-made climate change, but the real reasons for this perceived increase in radical weather events can be explained by other data.

To start, the Western provinces have been experiencing a perpetual drought for nearly five years now. With that drought comes forest fires, which many climate alarmists point to as an urgent “climate emergency”.

A recent study found that “six widespread fires burned in 1790, 1817, 1831, 1863, and 1905 during the period of rapid fire accumulation”. By studying trees across British Columbia, researchers were able to conclude that raging forest fires, due to dry conditions, have been common throughout the past—long before climate change became the flavour of the century.

This study, in fact, suggests that a lack of fires between 1946 and 1976 may be the cause of more devastating, recent fire seasons. With a reduction in controlled burns by local indigenous communities and a wetter regional climate, forests became thicker and overgrown. The study states, “There is compelling evidence that in the absence of frequent fires, a substantial degree of forest structural diversity in Knife Creek has been lost.”

“Such dense canopies leave Knife Creek at increase risk of high-severity stand-initiating fire and justify treatments to mitigate hazardous fuels and restore ecosystem structure and function,” the study says.

As Europeans and miners began to populate parts of British Columbia in the 1940s, much of the natural environment and indigenous traditions were disrupted. So, in many ways, the forest fires we are seeing today are, in fact, man-made. However, it's not due to climate change.

As for droughts, they have been common across the prairies and British Columbia for most of Canada's existence. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was called the “Dust Bowl”. Between 1919 and 1937, deep and perpetual droughts wreaked havoc for farmers and food producers across interior B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan. It's safe to assume that some of this could have contributed to the ensuing food shortages in North America during the Great Depression.


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Of course, the CBC and corporate media aren't interested in giving us valuable history lessons like this. They'd rather perpetuate Justin Trudeau's climate hysteria and drive the ambitions of bureaucrats and lobbyists who want a carbon tax to fund investments into their “clean energy” scams. It's another way to transfer public wealth into the hands of private companies.

They don't want historical facts to get in their way.

Now, let's move on to some other weather events.


Floods

The Alberta floods of 2013 left climate nuts frothing at the mouth and wringing their hands with joy. Seeing Calgary under water was like a collective orgasm for the eco-cranks in Vancouver and Eastern Canada. “Take that, Alberta! That's for all that oil and climate change,” they confidently proclaimed on social media. Even academics and professionals in media found ways to tacitly say that Alberta had finally gotten what it deserved. This was the proof and poetic justice they all needed and wanted.

Except, there's one historical problem with their arguments.

Most of Calgary and High River are built on what is called a flood plain. Many in the scientific community actually call it the “one-hundred year” flood plain. Any area that sits level with a nearby river, like the Bow River, is at risk of being flooded multiple times within one hundred years by a dramatic and drastic snow melt or ice jam. It turns out, the Bow River was long overdue for a massive breach. The most recent breach of similar magnitude was in 1902.

The Fraser Valley in British Columbia is an old lake bed. Did anyone really think the recent floods there could never happen? It last flooded in 1948.

One reason that weather events appear to be more frequent has more to do with the increase of area being inhabited by humans. We can compare it to the old saying, “If a tree falls in the forest, does anyone hear it?” In the 1800s, only a handful of people lived in Calgary and the Fraser Valley. Before that, there really isn't any recorded Canadian history to cite. Except maybe some old indigenous tales, or the fact that the Highwood River has been historically known by the Blackfoot First Nation to flood.


Storms

Virtually any weather event can be explained by more people living in any particular area. The reason we hear about more intense and frequent storms is because more people are around to see them. The population of Alberta has been steadily growing for the past hundred years, but more importantly, small communities like Okotoks, Leduc, Canmore, Airdire and Cochrane have been growing exponentially for the past decade. The land area of small, rural towns has been increasing.

The reason we're talking about Alberta is because Alberta has been home to a majority of the highly publicized, costly weather events and disasters of the past ten years.

More recently, one of the most costly hail storms in Canadian history struck Calgary. On June 13, 2020 (that lucky date again), more than $1B in insured damage was reported when golf ball and baseball sized hail smashed the siding off houses and broke windows and windshields. This event happened exactly seven years after the flood of 2013, which cost a reported $5B across Alberta.

"The Alberta floods of 2013 left climate nuts frothing at the mouth and wringing their hands with joy."

In media, we've been subjected to the doom and gloom of a fictional climate emergency. All of these weather events are proof, for corporate media and politicians, that climate events are becoming more frequent and devastating. If we don't impose a steep carbon tax on Canadians right now, it's only going to get worse—they say. Never mind the dramatic growth in human-inhabited areas across most of Western Canada. That, surely, has nothing to do with it.


If A Tree Falls In The Forest, Does Anyone Hear It?

According to the climate change narrative, weather has been getting worse and history is inconsequential. There is no history of flooding, storms or fires that climate alarmists want you to know about. Most of us weren't alive to see the Dust Bowl, or the floods of 1902, which makes it easier for them to frame these recent events as unprecedented.

War seems more normal, because we have been hearing about it and seeing it regularly. Even WWII is taught so frequently in schools and in media that the concept of a third war seems less unprecedented. We hear less about the history of weather, even when it was as recent as 1948, when the Fraser Valley experienced the “worst flood” in its history. At the time, the region had a fraction of the population it has today and, therefore, the flood affected fewer people and cost far less.

Basic math and data like this get rejected by those with political ambitions in Ottawa.

Hail storms in Alberta's hail belt have been happening for hundreds, or probably thousands, of years. Yet, no one would have been around to witness it. This fact makes it easy for media to memory-hole basic history and to peddle zealous climate ideology and apocalyptic hysterics. As more people inhabit rural areas and as big cities expand their borders, the illusion of higher frequency is backed up by massive increases in insurance claims—despite those claims being the result of more people inhabiting more places.

Since 1922, Calgary's population and land area have grown exponentially. One hundred years ago, Calgary covered the same mount of land as Airdrie does in 2022. The city's population grew from 64,000 in 1922 to 1,300,000 in 2022. This visual representation shows how a hail storm of the same size and intensity, in the same location, would have affected Calgary in 1922 and 2022:


As you can see, that same hail storm would have passed by in 1922 without anyone in Calgary noticing. In 2022, that same hail storm would have caused more damage and affected more people due to the simple fact that there are more homes spread out over a larger area of land.

There's nothing really complicated about any of this, but if you listen to those who peddle climate hysteria, you would believe that the climate is rapidly changing and that hail storms, floods and fires are becoming more frequent and intense in Canada. The reality and facts tell a much different story.

If a hail storm hits an unpopulated area outside of Calgary and no one is around to witness it and no insurance claims are added to statistical records, was there even a hail storm at all? Yes, probably.

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