Another day, another batch of severe thunderstorms across the Prairies. Several thunderstorm watches and warnings were in place across central Alberta and southern Saskatchewan Tuesday evening. At one point, tornado warnings were also in effect.
Doppler Radar indicated an intense thunderstorm with strong rotation about 30 km southeast of Strasbourg, Saskatchewan. Brief funnels were also spotted with the system.
“All the ingredients were really in place for severe weather to begin popping up in the warm sector of the low,” explains Gina Ressler, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “Instability, sheer as well as a trigger (with the low tracking through) really helped to give rise to the storms,” she adds.
The Weather Network viewers weren't shy about phoning in their weather reports. A caller from Weyburn, Saskatchewan said the rainstorm was “extraordinary” and it was “like a blizzard with all the rain coming down,”
Meanwhile, a caller from Regina said that about 2 km north of the city there was “lots of rotation in the storms, along with funnel clouds, thunder and lightning too.”
At 5:30 p.m. CST radar spotted a strong thunderstorm near Luseland. According to Environment Canada, the system produced loonie sized hail. Quarter sized hail, heavy downpours and gusty winds were also reported about 45 km northeast of Maidstone.
Severe cells also surfaced in parts of northern Alberta, prompting multiple watches and warnings.
One Stormline caller from Edmonton reported cloud rotation and a Calgary viewer said “gusting winds, heavy rain and hail were hitting the city. Some streets were flooded and visibility was very low.”
Tuesday's round of storms were directly related to Monday's heavy rainfall.
“The same slow moving low that marched across Alberta Monday night continued to track eastwards,” explains Ressler.
Upwards of 50 mm of rainfall were expected for areas including Bonnyville, St. Paul and Cold Lake.
Prairie residents are no strangers to active conditions. Just recently, a hard-hitting system spawned a reported tornado near Big River, Saskatchewan while damaging hail dented cars in Drumheller, Alberta.
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