Cross Country Climate Reports with Paul: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta

Cross Country Climate Reports with Paul: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta // Jun 25, 2021

Two week road trip to Canada’s tornado alley, to document extreme storms, old disaster spots: Calgary flooding, Fort Mac Wildfires and crap, Grassy Narrows mercury, Elliot Lake uranium, clear cut forests… please support my efforts…

If you have been following my videos on a fairly regular basis, you will likely recall my interesting venues in a northern Ontario clear cut forest, a uranium mining town (Elliot Lake) and next to the super-stack in nickel mining town Sudbury Ontario. That trip was to take my son Neil and his friend Olivier to tree plant near Kenora on the Ontario-Manitoba border.

Neil has decided he doesn’t want to walk home, so being the good dad that I am I will pick him up July 6th, on the way home. First, I will drive from Ottawa to Winnipeg, then Regina, and then Calgary.

I will document my trip via videos each day, and a biweekly blog, as I visit sites like Grassy Narrows, ON (huge mercury spill), Winnipeg (flooding water diversion project), and Residential School sites (like the one just E of Regina where the unmarked graves of 751 First Nations children were just identified by ground penetrating radar). In Calgary, I will examine the Saddledome part of downtown which was flooded out a few years ago from a rain on snow event near Banff in the Rocky Mountains.

I hope to track extreme weather events such as mesocyclone complex thunderstorms on the Great Plains (Canada’s Tornado Alley). Radar apps on my iPhone show me the best places to be at any given time; one just follows the red dots on the map showing where storm chaser zealots are in real-time:)

If there is a lack of storms, I will head northward to the Athabaska Tar Sand sites near Fort McMurray and see the tailings ponds and see rebuilding efforts from the wildfire damaged part of time. I expect to also see some wildfires out west, since the region has been extremely dry lately.

Just last week I acquired a portable CO2 detector (range 0-5000ppm) which also detects radon gas, and on my trip I will take a variety of measurements over time inside the car (windows up and then down), in cities, deep in forests, in the tar sands, etc. just for laughs.

I am also hoping to visit some friends in Winnipeg and Regina, and maybe even get in a poker game if any of the casinos are open. After all, we are living in the climate casino ourselves.
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Deep Connections: From Building Collapse in Florida to Arctic Coastal Erosion: Sea Level Rise // Jun 28, 2021

Two week road trip to Canada’s tornado alley, to document extreme storms, old disaster spots: Calgary flooding, Fort Mac Wildfires and crap, Grassy Narrows mercury, Elliot Lake uranium, clear cut forests… please support my travel…

You are probably already well aware of the catastrophic collapse of an apartment block in Miami Florida. Rising sea level has exacerbated coastal erosion and weakening of the limestone base in Florida. King tides flood the coastal streets and undermine the building foundations in Miami on a regular basis. Salt water has percolated through the limestone, dissolving the rock and creating a Swiss-cheese like morphology. The building that collapsed was found to be subsiding at a rate of 2 mm per year between the years 1993 and 1999 as reported on by an engineering assessment, and there is little chance that that sinking was not ongoing at the same rate or even faster in the last two decades. It is probable that the ocean facing side of the building subsided the fastest, since that face of the building appeared to shear away and crumple, causing the loss of many lives.

Coastal erosion is also accelerating in the Arctic, with rising sea levels, oceans devoid of coastal sea ice resulting in much larger waves, and thawing coastal permafrost causing shoreline collapses of material into the sea.

It is all connected. Florida, especially coastal cities and buildings, are all in grave danger of further catastrophes.
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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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