TORNADO IN HAMILTON, ONTARIO - November 9, 2005
On November 9, 2005 a destructive F1 tornado ripped through Hamilton, Ontario. It was five years ago, but for many the memory is still vivid. Especially for those at Lawfield Public School. The twister helped to rip the roof right off of the building and several windows were completely smashed. Other significant damage was reported throughout the city that day. The tornado season in Canada usually lasts from May until September, but a twister late in the year isn't completely out of the question either. An F2 tornado hit Exeter, Ontario on December 12, 1946.
THE SINKING OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD - November 10, 1975
In November 1975, a system with incredibly low pressure brought stormy conditions to the Great Lakes. Among the ships caught in the storm was the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior. At 7 p.m. on November 10, the ship vanished from radar screen. The Edmund Fitzgerald sank, bringing all 29 crew with it.
MISSISSAUGA TRAIN DERAILMENT - November 10, 1979
On Sunday, November 11, 1979, the southern half of Mississauga, Canada's 9th largest city, became a ghost town. A train derailment just before midnight Saturday released a fireball into the air that could be seen as far away as Kingston. One of the tanks contained chlorine gas, and officials feared that the wind would carry the deadly gas into nearby neighbourhoods. More than a quarter of a million people were forced from their homes. It was the largest peace-time evacuation in Canadian history.
NOVA SCOTIA SNOWSTORM - November 14 and 15, 2004
In November, 2004, Nova Scotia was hit by a wild winter-like storm - a month before winter even started. Between November 14 and 15, Halifax International recorded almost 40 cm of snow. In Dartmouth, half a metre fell. Yarmouth recorded 62 cm. Snow, ice and wind caused severe damage to power infrastructure, leaving 110,000 customers without power. Comfort centres were opened to give shelter and warmth to those without electricity.
ARKONA SNOWSTORM - November 22, 2008
Over the second-last weekend of November 2008, blinding snow squalls blanketed Ontario communities in Lambton County and up the Bruce Peninsula. An unbelievable 76 cm of snow was recorded in Arkona, even before the system had fully passed. On Highway 402, 50 - 70 cm stranded motorists for more than 15 hours. Some had to be rescued by police on snowmobiles. On other roads, hundreds of vehicles were just simply abandoned. It was more snow than some areas had seen in over 30 years.
HERITAGE CLASSIC - November 22, 2003
There are few things more Canadian than playing hockey on a frozen pond on a cold day. But it's rare that we ever get to see the pro's do it. That all changed on November 22, 2003, when 57,000 fans jammed Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton to watch the Heritage Classic. When the puck dropped, the players and fans endured a temperature of -20°C with a wind chill near minus thirty! But nothing could cool their spirits during the coldest game in NHL history.