Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Severe weather pounds Saskatchewan

From - A large tornado passes south of the Trans Canda Highway near Chaplin, SK.

This photo was taken by my friend Dayna Smith-Short north of Moose Jaw on Tuesday. I lived in Saskacthewan for 3 years and trust me there is no better place in Canada to watch and chase storms.
 SASKATCHEWAN - Strong storms swept across Saskatchewan on Tuesday promting numerous warnings. At one point the temperature was 9C in Calgary and 31C in Regina. When you have that kind of air mixing in the atmosphere combined with just the right amount of moisture and energy, you get severe weather. It was a big day for heavy weather across Saskatchewan Tuesday from Alberta east to the Manitoba border. It started early in the day with golf ball size hail reported at Consul at 9:30am. As the storms spread eastward they spawned a significant tornado between Moose Jaw and Swift Current just south of the Trans-Canada Highway. The storms pressed eastward with large hail, 120km/h winds and torrential rain into Saskatoon and Regina. Thousands are without power with SaskPower saying it could be days before all is restored. Trees were toppled and numerous accidents were reported on area highways. So far only minor injuries have been reported. There are still severe thunderstorm watches in place in the southeast part of the province this morning.

If you want more on yesterday's storms check out an incredible website at TORNADO HUNTER.

A fierce storm moves through Moose Jaw last evening. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

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