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2021 Western North America heatwave

Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2021 1:26 pm
by MacG
I hope our model railroad friends in western North America are doing well. It is almost unimaginable the high temperatures the heatwave has reached. There was the highest temperature ever measured in Canada at 49.6 °C (121.3 °F). Severe wildfires are now unfortunately the result.

I hope the best for you and wish a normalization of the situation soon.

Re: 2021 Western North America heatwave

Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2021 12:46 am
by Marquette
The town of Lytton where that 49.6 was recorded on Tuesday burnt to the ground on Wednesday. The CP and CN main lines run through there; the bridges across the Thompson River were damaged on at least one of the lines.

The temperature was absolutely bonkers. I love heat - I spent much of my childhood and youth in California and Nevada - but this was something else due to the humidity as well. Where I live, on Tuesday it measured 40 C, but the feels-like temperature was 50 - unbearable. When I went to work that afternoon I made a point of going into the holding freezer (-20 C) as often as I could.

Re: 2021 Western North America heatwave

Posted: Mon Jul 05, 2021 4:44 am
by MacG
Sad to hear with the train lines. I can see it on the Virtual Railfan Revelstoke Camera - there are no long-distance trains running, only locals.


Re: 2021 Western North America heatwave

Posted: Wed Jul 07, 2021 3:12 am
by Marquette
Neat, I'm 99% sure that the camera is mounted on the upper floor of the Revelstoke Railway Museum (which is well worth a visit if one is in the area!)

Re: 2021 Western North America heatwave

Posted: Wed Jul 07, 2021 4:34 am
by MacG
Yes, it is just under the roof. They have also mounted a camera that faces east. You can switch with the symbol <->.

Re: 2021 Western North America heatwave

Posted: Wed Jul 07, 2021 10:19 pm
by ConducTTor
We should all expect these extreme events to become more extreme and frequent.

Or we can stick our heads in the sand and pretend it's all a hoax.

Re: 2021 Western North America heatwave

Posted: Wed Jul 14, 2021 12:47 pm
by dileTTante
Here is an article about the fire which burned down Lytton, British Columbia.
"Did a Train Start the Lytton Fire?
Experts say it’s likely. And last year CN paid $16.6 million for sparking another blaze near the community."
https://thetyee.ca/News/2021/07/14/Did- ... tton-Fire/

Investigations are being made so this is speculation. Some people think the fire was caused by arson in Lytton. The article assumes some familiarity with regional geography but that doesn't matter overall.

Not forgotten is the runaway train near Field BC which took the lives of three crew
"RCMP launch probe into Canadian Pacific runaway train crash that killed 3 crew members"
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/rcmp-cp- ... -1.5844293

Not forgotten is the disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec which killed 47 people.
"Lac-Mégantic rail disaster
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac-M%C3% ... l_disaster
"The Lac-Mégantic oil train catastrophe eight years later: Justice still denied"
https://monitormag.ca/articles/the-lac- ... ill-denied

- Terry C

Re: 2021 Western North America heatwave

Posted: Wed Jul 14, 2021 6:26 pm
by Marquette
If a train started it... bring back the caboose for firewatch crew in summer months.

Re: 2021 Western North America heatwave

Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 10:36 pm
by CFRiad
I know there are wildfires and evacuations around 100-Mile House, around where Voytek lives. I hope he is OK. Has anybody heard from him?

Re: 2021 Western North America heatwave

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:13 am
by dileTTante
Here are photos of his home, sent to me Tuesday evening. Fire a kilometre away.
They are under evacuation alert. If they leave home they won't be allowed back.
Fire approached a few days ago and was threatening their property but changed direction when the wind changed.
They have a pond, a stream, a well, and Voytek has sprinklers to wet the grounds and buildings.
Wednesday night they lost power. They have food for about two weeks, but now no internet, etc.
I think it's scary but he says they are alright. He won't be joining us for a meal.

- Terry C