The Alberta Clipper is a fast moving low pressure system that begins in Alberta. The storm usually brings high wind and a sudden drop in temperatures with little snow.
The Alberta Clipper can cause a drop in temperature of 16 degrees Celsius in 10 to 12 hours. Biting winds from 56 to 72 km/h can cause windchill values of -30 to -40 degrees Celsius.
Winter Weather Events
1. Rogers Pass Avalanche , March 5, 1910
62 Train men and labourers died when their engine was hit by an avalanche and hurtled 500 meters into Bear Creek.
2. World's worst Iceburg Incident, April 15, 1912. The "unsinkable" Titanic hit an iceburg 700 kms southeast of Newfoundland causing the death of 1,500.
3. Storm claims sealers, April 1, 1914, 77 sealers froze to death in a violent storm on ice off the Southeast coast of Labrador.
4. Victoria's Snowstorms of the Century, December 28 - 29, 1996. The snowstorm dropped 80 cm of snow in 24 hours. The clean up cost exceeded 200 million dollars.
5. Record Windchill, January 28, 1989. The temperature dropped to - 51 in Pelly Bay, NWT but with windchill equivalent reached - 91 C.
6. Ice storm of the century, January 4-9, 1998, hit Eastern Canada, causing hardship for 4 million people and costing 3 billion. Losses included millions of trees, 130 transmission towers, 120,000 km of power and telephone lines. Power outages lasted from several hours to several weeks.