Thunderstorms have been relentless across the Prairies this summer and although there are signs that the seasons are changing, storms are still striking. This time, it's Alberta that's facing the brunt of it.
Just before 4 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Environment Canada issued a tornado watch for areas in the south including Lethbridge, Taber and Milk River.
An unstable airmass is what helped to spark this latest bout of thunderstorms. There were reports of heavy rain and large hail and just south of Coaldale, a funnel cloud was spotted.
“The cold temperatures in Lethbridge are not the usual conditions we see during tornado season in the Prairies,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Heat is needed to give funnel clouds enough energy to touch down and cause severe damage.”
Alberta has seen below seasonal conditions lately. Last weekend temperatures in the High Level region dipped to the low teens and even single digits.
While the funnel clouds are not likely to touch the ground this time, Environment Canada advises those who see funnel clouds overhead to take shelter until they dissipate.