Calgary’s Saddledome Stadium: Ground Zero for Epic Flooding from Climate Driven Extreme Weather

Calgary’s Saddledome Stadium: Ground Zero for Epic Flooding from Climate Driven Extreme Weather // Jul 7, 2021

I am in downtown Calgary, Alberta next to the famous Saddledome stadium. I’m glad my visit was not a week later, since the Calgary Stampede was due to start the following week at the stadium.

The Bow River meanders through the region, and during the 2013 rain on snow deluge in the Rocky Mountains the water overflowed all the rivers, and the water in Canmore made its way downhill to Calgary and flooded the downtown region.

The original bridge over the Bow River was wiped out by the flood, and the replacement bridge has been designed to withstand any water level in the river; this design claim will likely be tested in the near future.

The entire region around the Saddledome was flooded, and water filled the stadium up to about row ten or so.

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Two week road trip to Canada’s tornado alley, to document extreme storms, old disaster spots: Calgary flooding, Wildfires, Grassy Narrows mercury, Elliot Lake uranium, clear cut forests… etc.

Ref: Tornado Alley, here: ‘Tornado Alley is a loosely defined area of the central United States where tornadoes are most frequent. The term was first used in 1952 as the title of a research project to study severe weather in areas of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. Tornado climatologists distinguish peaks in activity in certain areas and storm chasers have long recognized the Great Plains tornado belt.
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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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