Alexandra Pope, staff writer
June 26, 2011 — Unsettled conditions across the Prairies have generated some spectacular storms this week. The Weather Network viewers have had their eyes -- and cameras -- fixed on the skies.
Large hail. Heavy downpours. Tornadoes.
Thunderstorms are one of nature's most destructive forces. But their power and ominous beauty are also a subject of constant fascination for photographers and weather enthusiasts.
With the recent round of severe weather in the Prairies, amazing photos and videos captured by The Weather Network's viewers have been pouring in.
The images reflect the diversity of summer weather on the Prairies. The region can see everything from pop-up thunderstorms to supercells of the same intensity seen on the Great Plains of the United States.
They often occur in sparsely populated areas where they attract little notice -- but population growth, the advent of social media and a growing general interest in the weather are changing that, says Dayna Vettese, a storm chaser and meteorologist at The Weather Network.
“We're starting to see a lot more of it.”
However, be safe if you're stormwatching, Vettese adds.
“All thunderstorms are dangerous and lightning is completely unpredictable,” she says.
Monitor weather watches and warnings and take cover when severe weather is imminent or occurring.
Submit your weather photos and videos -- you may see them on The Weather Network.