Heat dome, Pineapple Express, water spout: Extreme weather events a new normal in B.C.
Bomb cyclone, heat dome, Pineapple Express: If it seems like you’ve been hearing about more oddly named extreme weather events as of late, you’re not imagining it.
Over the past year, the frequency of powerful storms and deadly heat waves wreaking havoc in British Columbia has popularized certain weather terms and names, some of which sound catchier than others.
Faron Anslow, a climate scientist with the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium in Victoria, says climate change is partly to blame for the language.
“Individual weather events in B.C. have become more extreme, we’re seeing rising temperatures bring warmer summers and winters,” Anslow said. “The public is now paying much more attention to climate change and repeating the terms used to describe some of its effects.”
More recently, a dramatic weather event called a “water spout” hit land as a tornado that heaped damage and debris on part of the campus of the University of B.C. on Sunday.
These names, which may seem new to members of the public, have been around for quite some time, said Anslow.
“Many of them have ties to meteorological science.”
A term coined this summer after a ridge of extremely high pressure, or heat, built up over B.C.