Johnson dazzled by Ball magic for Lakers

first_imgMagic Johnson, president of basketball operations, Lonzo Ball and general manager Rob Pelinka of the Los Angeles Lakers arrive for a press conference on June 23, 2017 at the team training faculity in Los Angeles, California. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFPMagic Johnson believes Lonzo Ball’s dazzling performances in the Las Vegas Summer League are a shape of things to come as the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to regain former glories.Ball, chosen by the Lakers with the second overall pick in the draft, was named MVP of the summer league after posting two triple doubles and recording four games with 10 assists or more.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Johnson, who was speaking at the unveiling of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at their El Segundo training base, said he had seen similarities between Ball and himself in his performances to date.“Lonzo is special, no question about it, because he makes everyone better,” Johnson said. “He does something you can’t teach. He gives you a scoring pass. Very few point guards in this league can do that. I am talking about giving you a pass that leads to the score, not just passing it to you. … I like him because he also is now a great teammate. He has a special effect on people.”The Lakers, who completed the worst season in the franchise’s history in 2016 with a 17-65 record, and were second bottom in the Western Conference last season, were already a better team, Johnson said.“The roster is more balanced. We saw the ball movement in summer league. … We want to go up and down. … Also, our practices are going to be amazing, and that will lead to us getting better in games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Asean Schools Games: PH undefeated en route to girls’ basketball title Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The 19-year-old’s performances rewrote the record books in the summer league. Until this year, no rookie had posted more than one with 10 assists and no rookie had completed more than one triple double.According to Johnson, that bodes well for the Lakers’ future.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“If he’s getting triple-doubles in the summer league, he is going to get triple-doubles in the regular season,” Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations, told reporters Tuesday.“Just like me, when I got here, there was pressure. I was the No. 1 pick. I didn’t care about that. I am going to play my game. Lonzo is going to play his game. The great ones do,” he was quoted by ESPN as saying. View commentslast_img read more

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Rebuilding Man Utd face uncertain future

first_imgWhat to expect:It is difficult to know what to expect from Solskjaer’s United, who enjoyed a purple patch after the Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho but slumped alarmingly towards the end of last season.At one stage they looked likely to finish in the top four but there was the suspicion they were getting the rub of the green and so it proved.Their campaign ended with a whimper as they drew 1-1 at relegated Huddersfield and then were beaten 2-0 at home on the final day by Cardiff, who were also heading out of the Premier League.Aaron Wan-Bissaka in action for Manchester United in Singapore © AFP/File / Roslan RAHMANA gap of 32 points to champions Manchester City was embarrassing and many questioned whether the club had been too hasty in appointing the relatively inexperienced Solskjaer to the full-time manager’s post.United will not have Champions League football to paper over the cracks during the coming season, with Thursday nights in the Europa League ringed in the calendar instead.The club have had a positive pre-season but there are still lingering issues that need to be addressed — Paul Pogba’s future is still in doubt and Solskjaer has to wrestle with the conundrum of an under-performing Alexis Sanchez.United had problems at both ends of the pitch last season — scoring 30 goals fewer than City in the Premier League and conceding 54 goals, the most they had conceded in a league season since 1978-79.The 20-time champions desperately need a positive start to rebuild confidence that they can challenge at the sharp end of the Premier League.Anything less and the knives could be out for Solskjaer.New faces:Manchester United are set to make Leicester’s Harry Maguire (R) the world’s most expensive defender © AFP / Oli SCARFFAfter a leaky defence played a key role in United’s struggles last season, Solskjaer made it clear he wanted Leicester’s Harry Maguire to plug the holes.The England centre-back is reportedly on the verge of becoming the world’s most expensive defender, with United said to have agreed an £80 million fee to land Maguire.But have they signed enough faces to boost a squad that looked short of class compared with Manchester City and Liverpool last season?Highly rated right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has joined from Crystal Palace, with Solskjaer describing the 21-year-old as “one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League”.Winger Daniel James was bought from Championship club Swansea to add thrust on the flanks.United have also been linked with a swoop for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, but the Argentine is said to be unsure about joining a team outside the Champions League.Romelu Lukaku could be on the way out of Old Trafford, with Juventus and Inter Milan both keen on the Belgium striker according to reports.Key man:Can Marcus Rashford spark a Manchester United revival? © AFP/File / HECTOR RETAMALThis is the season when Marcus Rashford will have to step up and show emphatically that he deserves to wear the number 10 shirt at Manchester United.Still only 21, Rashford scored 17 goals in 54 appearances last season for club and country but will have to boost those numbers if he is to be the undisputed leader of United’s attack.Rashford signed a new four-year deal to remain at Old Trafford last month, saying it was “a privilege” every time he wore the shirt.He has scored some sublime goals for the club but with a shortage of goal threat from elsewhere, Solskjaer will want to see him take his tally to 20-plus goals this season and become more of a poacher.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turn Manchester United’s fortunes around? © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 4 – Manchester United have missed out on the top four in four of the six seasons since Alex Ferguson stepped down and fans are coming to terms with their current status as Premier League also-rans.Here, AFP Sport looks at whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can make United contenders again for the first time since their last Premier League title in 2012-13 or whether they are facing another season of turmoil and pain.last_img read more

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NAOMH PADRIAG GAA CLUB TO HOST STRICTLY COME DANCING FUNDRAISER

first_imgCLUB LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner in last weeks lotto the numbers drawn were 5-6-4-1-3-7-2. There where five  €20 winners  who was as follows:Colm McColgan, Ture. Karen & Kevin C/O Point inn.Treasa McLaughlin, Glackmore.Philomena/John/paddy, C/O Rock barTommy Barr Ture. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.  If any kids would like to start selling lottos each week feel free to contact their coach for more information.Next Weeks Jackpot €600UNDERAGEOur under 8s start up again this Sunday the7th of February at  the Community Centre from 1.15pm to 2.15pm. The Under 10s also resume this Sunday in the community centre from 12.15pm to 1.15pm. for more info on these age groups contact Daniel on 0862072745 or Brendan on 0879946703.The minors and U-16s resume training on Monday the 4th of January in ture. For anyone interested in playing this year they can contact Daniel on 0862072745 or Billy on 0879294352.STRICTLY COME DANCINGDo you like to watch tango, jive or waltzing  then come and support our latest fundraising effort The CLG Naomh Padraig GAA Strictly Come Dancing. The big event will take place on EASTER SUNDAY 27th March 2016 in The Plaza Ballroom Buncrana. Tickets are on sale from and committee member on the dancers themselves.CLUB GEARThere are No more being taken now for club gear before Christmas. All orders should be available for collection by week beginning the 7th of December.There is a limited stock of some club gear and Club Donegal gear available in the clubhouse,Please contact Dermot on 0879978968 for availability.As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on www.naomhpadraig.com NAOMH PADRIAG GAA CLUB TO HOST STRICTLY COME DANCING FUNDRAISER was last modified: February 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAmuffNaomh PadraigSportStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

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GREENCASTLE AUTHOR JENNI WINS BURSARY IN HONOUR OF DONEGAL POET

first_imgJenni: Won bursaryINISHOWEN author Jenni Doherty has won the inaugural Noelle Vial Tyrone Guthrie Annaghmakerrig Centre Poetry Bursary Award.By John GillSet up in memory of the award-winning poet, the announcement was made at a special celebratory night for the late Killybegs poet at the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival. Jenni, originally from Greencastle in Inishowen but living in Derry for the past 20 years, published her debut collection “Rain Spill” last year and is her debut solo collection of poetry and prose.In the publication, Jenni, creates the illusion of a water dance through the use of rain, ocean, mist, fog, frost, storm, snow and rainbow to capture the sense of her hometown and belonging, of experience and emotion, of life and lessons learnt.Some pieces have evolved naturally while others have been created for the purpose of live performance or as topical commentary for broadcast or newspaper.Tender, light and humorous in places yet coarse, raw and unforgiving in others, this is a spill of thoughts, imaginations, fictions, ideas and realities gathered over four decades.  GREENCASTLE AUTHOR JENNI WINS BURSARY IN HONOUR OF DONEGAL POET was last modified: October 1st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardbursaryGreencastleJenni DohertyTyrone Guthrielast_img read more

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David Glidden Released from Atlanta Falcons

first_imgRookie wide receiver David Glidden was released this weekend in advance of the cuts to get to the 75 man roster by Tuesday, the team announced.Glidden played sparingly for the Falcons and was released after the teams third preseason game. In his first serious action as a pro, Glidden recorded two receptions for negative four yards in his final game for the Falcons.Even though he was cut, there’s no question he left his mark in his short time. At least people will remember the name, right Matt Ryan!? If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Choirul Huda, Indonesian goalkeeper, dies after collision with team-mate

first_imgChoirul Huda, goalkeeper for the Indonesian top-flight club Persela Lamongan, has died after a collision with a team-mate during a league match on Sunday.The 38-year-old collided with his defender Ramon Rodrigues and an opponent as he came off his line to challenge for the ball during a game against Semen Padang. He was rushed to hospital where he died.A statement from a doctor at the Dr Soegiri Lamongan Hospital, posted on the official Persela website, said Huda suffered a “traumatic collision” which led to a cardiac arrest.It said that initial analysis revealed the impact was to the chest and lower jaw, resulting in the “possibility of chest trauma, head trauma and neck trauma”.Huda had played for Persela since 1999, making more than 500 appearances, and the club described him as “the Real Legend of Persela” in a tribute on Twitter. Share on Pinterest news Share on Messenger Indonesia Football Topics Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share via Emaillast_img read more

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England on the edge of series defeat as Australia tighten grip on the Ashes

first_imgAshes 2017-18 Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Read more Unsurprisingly the pitch looked a little livelier when the Australian bowlers took the field after resting up for the best part of two days. Mark Stoneman fell, caught behind, for his first single-figure score of the series in Hazlewood’s first over. Cook clipped two leg-side boundaries and looked sharp enough until a leading edge went back down the pitch, where an inspired Hazlewood dived to his right before completing a brilliant one-handed catch.Out came Root, steeling himself to regain the initiative. As ever he began busily, whereupon Steve Smith summoned Lyon on a pitch that has been no more helpful to spinners than an umbrella in a hurricane – incidentally it seems that umbrellas are the latest item to be banned from Australian cricket grounds. Lyon’s first ball was speculative, wide and on a good length, a nice sighter for the batsman, except that Root chose to drive it. The edge clipped the gloves and knee of the wicketkeeper before landing gently in the hands of a jubilant Smith at slip.That England avoided an immediate subsidence was down to James Vince and then a plucky partnership between the first-innings heroes, Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow. Vince batted in princely fashion with barely an error. Twelve boundaries fizzed from his bat in his 55 but then he was bowled by Starc. On this occasion Vince was blameless since he was the recipient of the ball of the series, which cut from leg to off as if delivered by Derek Underwood in his pomp but 25 mph quicker. There was absolutely no disgrace in this dismissal. Read more Share on Twitter Cricket Share via Email Australia cricket team match reports Support The Guardian The Ashes Australia sport … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img Share on Facebook A tempestuous Sunday in Perth ended with England on the brink of surrendering the Ashes. A fierce, winter wind blew all day, which had players digging into their cases for sweaters. The candlelight carols down by the river Swan were cancelled in the morning – there was certainly no chance of any candles staying alight and there were more serious concerns that the stage and the lights would be blown away.To the despair of England fans at the Waca the disruption to the cricket was surprisingly brief. Sometimes there was sun, sometimes showers and always that wind howling across the ground. Amid the gales Australia inexorably tightened their grip, declaring with a lead of 259 and then making clinical incursions into England’s batting like an expert surgeon. At the close the tourists were 132 for four, still 127 runs away from making Australia bat again.Already England’s experienced men were back in the pavilion with a pair of 14s, no more use to the team than they are in pontoon. Alastair Cook’s tour, despite all the toil – but no sweat – in the nets has yet to take off, while Joe Root’s Australian expedition took another turn for the worst. Of the four batsmen dismissed Root’s departure was the most exasperating.Perhaps the strain on the captain is telling, with the expedition on the brink of failure. In his eagerness to assert himself at the crease Root chased the first delivery bowled by Nathan Lyon in the innings – the widest he has bowled in the series – and he was caught behind. He may, like Cook four years ago, be appreciating how lonely a job his can be. Topics Share on Messenger England cricket team Thereafter Malan and Bairstow dug in impressively with few frills except when Malan took four authentic boundaries off an over from Pat Cummins. Despite the cracks appearing down the middle of the pitch – as is usually the case here – fluent strokeplay was still possible on this surface.Play was abandoned soon after 5pm when the heaviest shower blew over, with England hoping for more of the same on the fifth day.Oddly the fourth one began better than England could have hoped given that Australia started it on 549 for four. Mitchell Marsh was lbw to Jimmy Anderson’s second delivery; then Smith, after a cunning review, departed in the same way as England’s premier bowler conjured a little movement from the Prindiville stand end. The titans of Saturday were mortal after all.Then Starc was stranded mid-pitch and Australia had lost three wickets for 12 runs. They were still 158 runs ahead but the complexion of the game had changed. Perhaps the old ball was reversing a little, which might justify not taking a new ball for an over or two. But it is hard to explain why Root and, more pertinently, his two senior bowlers declined to take it once Tim Paine and Cummins had begun to settle.So here was a case of England’s two senior new-ball bowlers not wishing to bowl with a new ball. There was a risk attached: the hard and shiny new ball can fly. But there was also a potential reward: the new ball against lower-order batsmen might produce the three quick wickets required to keep Australia’s lead under 200. The old guard was not prepared to take that risk. Sometimes old-pro canniness can give way to negativity; sometimes Root may be required to challenge the wisdom of the seasoned duopoly.So the Australian pair were able to add 93 as England, with the soft old ball in their hands, settled for damage limitation rather than the pursuit of wickets. The decision to persist with the old ball was a declaration of non-intent.After lunch Cummins became the third lbw victim for Anderson and then Lyon holed out to his third ball. Anderson remains England’s best bowler but this must have been the least satisfying four-wicket haul of his career. From the depths of 561 for seven Australia were able to declare on 662 for nine. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day four – as it happened Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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WNBA finals: Connecticut Sun force Game 5 with 90-86 win over Mystics

first_img Support The Guardian The title will be decided Thursday night in Washington with a first-time champion crowned. Thomas fell just short of the first triple-double in finals history.“We’re having the time of our life right now,” Sun coach Curt Miller said. “You dream as a little kid being in a deciding final game, a Game 7 or 5 to win a world championship. If you grew up a basketball fan, these are the moments you dreamed of.”Jonquel Jones had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Sun, who had five players score in double figures.Connecticut blew a 16-point halftime lead as Washington used a huge third quarter to tie the game at 68. The Mystics kept it going to start the fourth, opening up a five-point lead. With their season on the line, the Sun responded. Quick guide WNBA finals 2019 Hide Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Share via Email Was this helpful? Who will win the WNBA finals? Our panel makes their predictions Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Jasmine Thomas hit a three-pointer to put the Sun ahead 84-81. The lead was short-lived as Emma Meesseman answered with a three from the wing to tie the game again.Shekinna Stricklen, the league’s three-point champion at the All-Star Game, then shook off a defender before making another three to give the Sun an 87-84 advantage with 2:22 left. Natasha Cloud made a layup a few seconds later to get the Mystics within one. But Washington didn’t score again.Aerial Powers, who led Washington with 15 points, missed an open three-pointer in the corner with 27.5 seconds left that would have put the Mystics ahead.“Both teams were making big shots. We’d make a three, they’d answer with a three,” Miller said. “Ultimately we made a few more plays down the stretch. We got to the line down the stretch. Alyssa Thomas was best foul shooter in the game.”Connecticut got the rebound and Jasmine Thomas sank two free throws with 18.4 seconds left to make it a three-point game.After a timeout, Cloud drove to the basket but missed the shot and Alyssa Thomas corralled the rebound and hit the first of two free throws to seal the win.“I think we also had a few open shots we didn’t hit,” Powers said. “The ball movement wasn’t there, we didn’t hit shots. We need to be better come Thursday.”Elena Delle Donne, who left Game 2 with back spasms that an MRI later showed resulted from a herniated disk, was able to play more Tuesday night than in Game 3, when she was limited to 26 minutes. The league MVP had 11 points and five rebounds while playing 30 minutes.“I was a little looser today, so felt better. Hopefully continue to progress and feel better Thursday,” Delle Donne said. “They were playing more aggressive defensively. They weren’t letting us sit outside and shoot threes.”Having a chance to win the title at home on Thursday gave the Mystics some confidence.“That’s what we worked for this whole season,” Delle Donne said. “Can’t rely on being home to get it done. The way we came out and started the game dug us into a huge hole. They are a great team, and you give that type of lead to them, makes thing difficult.”First quarter predictorGame 4 held to form for this series, with the team that led after the first quarter coming away with the victory. The Sun outscored Washington by 15 on Tuesday night.The Mystics won the opening period of Game 1 by 13 points. Connecticut was ahead by 12 in the second game and Washington by 15 in Game 3. Each time, the team that was trailing in the period had 17 points.Foul shooting disparityConnecticut took 26 free throws to only 13 by Washington, with Delle Donne and Meesseman only combining for three attempts. Mystics coach Mike Thibault wasn’t sure why that was the case, especially when the Sun only committed one foul in the final quarter.“I’m struggling how to understand how Connecticut played with one foul in the fourth quarter,” he said. “Free throw attempts was 26-13. If we could have gone to the line a couple times, we could have slowed the momentum down a little bit.”Up nextGame 5 is Thursday night in Washington. Thank you for your feedback. Share on Twittercenter_img Topics WNBA Basketball US sports Share on Facebook With the season on the line, Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun turned up their defense to stop the Washington Mystics and force a decisive Game 5 of the WNBA finals.Thomas had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and the Sun held the Mystics without a point over the final 2:10 to beat Washington 90-86 on Tuesday night.“It was just about being together out there, being on the same page, knowing the game plan and protecting home court,” Thomas said. “When we’re all locked in and on the same page, we just move in unison.” Show ScheduleBest-of-five series. All times Eastern.Sun 29 Sept Game 1: Washington Mystics 95, Connecticut Sun 86Tue 1 Oct Game 2: Connecticut Sun 99, Washington Mystics 87Sun 6 Oct Game 3: Washington Mystics 94, Connecticut Sun 81Tue 8 Oct Game 4: Connecticut Sun 90, Washington Mystics 86Thu 10 Oct Game 5: Washington Mystics 89, Connecticut Sun 78 Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Fires floods and ferocious winds on top weather list in 2017

first_imgEnvironment Canada’s chief climatologist has compiled his top weather stories of 2017 — a year which David Phillips says was marked by unusually long periods of conditions that just wouldn’t go away. His Top 10:1.British Columbia’s Longest and Most Destructive Wildfire Season: The province was forced to declare its longest-standing provincial emergency when 1,265 fires scorched 12,000 square kilometres of forest, bush and grassland. About 50,000 people were forced to flee. The fires came during the province’s driest summer on record.2.Dry and Hot in the West: Summer temperatures broke records — Medicine Hat, Alta., recorded 34 days of plus-30 C weather — and it was so dry that Regina was 22 per cent under its previous record for low rainfall. On the bright side, no rain meant no mosquitoes.3. Spring Flooding in Quebec and Ontario: Montreal and Ottawa had their wettest springs in history. In May, rivers from Gananoque to Gaspesie flooded past historic maximum flows. More than 5,000 residences were swamped and 550 roads were washed out by floods or covered by landslides. Two people were swept away by the swollen Sainte-Anne River in the Gaspé region.4.British Columbia’s Cold and Snowy Winter: The West Coast was shivering through its second coldest winter in the last 25 years. It was distinguished by the duration, frequency and length of snowfall and snow on the ground. Skiing was good, but public golf courses were closed for up to two months — the first such closures in 20 years.5.Another Windsor flood: Two Storms of the Century in a Year. Less than a year after a record $153- million flood hit the Ontario city and surrounding area, another arrived on Aug. 28. In less than 48 hours, 222 mm of rain fell in southwest Windsor. Nearby LaSalle received 125 mm that day and another 160 mm the next. Curbs were piled high with waterlogged carpets, spoiled furniture, broken appliances and sodden belongings.6.Central Canada’s Missing Summer: Total rainfall from April to July around the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River was the highest in 70 years. Cool temperatures, overcast skies and frequent spring showers hung around all summer. Farmers were weeks behind schedule. Lake Ontario reached an unprecedented 75.9 metres above sea level in May. The Toronto Islands were off limits from mid-May to the end of July.7.A New Storm of the Century: A storm struck Ontario on March 13 before moving into Quebec and Atlantic Canada. It led to a multi-car pileup, in whiteout conditions, involving 15 transport trucks and other vehicles on Highway 401. The highway was closed as twisted metal littered the road and a toxic acid spill polluted the air. The storm then dumped 50 centimetres of snow at more than half the reporting stations in southern Quebec. No previous storm eclipsed so many snowfall records. The storm killed five people.8.Summer in September: The first day of fall marked Central Canada’s warmest weather. From Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, more than 1,000 heat records tumbled as humidex values shot up close to or above 40, prompting a week-long stretch of heat warnings. Southern Quebec had its warmest October since at least 1870.9.Newfoundland’s Brier Blast: Hurricane-force winds ravaged Newfoundland on March 1 and 2, but it was the “Brier blast” on March 11 that saw winds on the Avalon Peninsula peak at Bay de Verde at a hurricane-force of 190 km/h. Some 70,000 residents and visitors were left in the dark, trees were uprooted, traffic lights and power lines toppled, and the second-storey of some homes ripped off.10.New Brunswick’s Glaze Storm: A long-lasting mix of rain, snow, freezing rain and ice pellets over Quebec and Atlantic Canada in late January killed two and injured dozens. Nearly 300,000 residents were left in the dark and cold after power lines snapped. Some communities were without electricity for up to 12 days. Canadian troops were deployed to help with the ongoing emergency response.last_img read more

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