I feel safe to go on record in saying this year’s weather is the most extreme I’ve ever experienced.
Amongst all the exciting weather, I managed to get a few of my best lightning photographs over the summer, so I thought I’d share them as we’ve now bidden farewell to the warmer weather for another year.
It’s hard to perfectly time the shutter with a flash of lightning, especially when using an iPhone. In the past I’d taken the approach of recording a video and isolating the range with the strike. This time, my technique was to use the Live Photos feature of my iPhone to not miss the perfect shot.
Earlier in the year I wrote at length about the late Winter ice storm, but things didn’t stop there. In July, Montreal got slammed by a succession of three separate thunder storms in quick succession during the course of a single afternoon.
This led to two local power outages in the same day, one from forest fires and the second from the storm. One tornado was reported near Montreal alongside a separate funnel cloud. The vast amount of rainfall lead to possible contamination of the St. Lawrence River.
As bad as we were hit in Central Canada, Atlantic Canada seemed to have it even worse.
Later in the year the resulting smoke of forest fires in northern Quebec resulted in Montreal briefly becoming the world’s most polluted city and breaking its own records.
And that’s not to mention a couple of heat waves, although those weren’t the worst I’ve experienced.
Rounding things off was a small earthquake just off the island of Montreal, but I’m not sure that counts as a weather experience.
We’re now deep into the Autumn season – or “Fall” as it’s aptly called in North America. Here’s hoping Winter is less eventful.