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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Regina Thunderstorm Highlights and Cleanup

A severe thunderstorm hits Regina, Saskatchewan at midnight packing 115km/hr winds as reported by Environment Canada at the Regina International Airport. Knocking large trees down and causing power outages. Footage by @jaredmysko http://www.canadianprairiestorms.blogspot.com






Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 26, 2011 Thunderstorm in Regina




Took a ride around the park on my bike once again, storm chasing cyclist! This was a quick little thundershower that produced some gusty winds and heavy rain for a few minutes. Nothing too serious but many other storm cells around souther Saskatchewan are much stronger including a tornado warned system just north of the city. It haas been very dry around Regina these past few weeks so this rain is very welcome especially for my garden!

Friday, July 22, 2011

My Trip To Pratt Lake Saskatchewan



This is a compilation of clips over the past week from the full moon to a beautiful sunset before storms on July 18 and 19th caused a huge blackout and damage claims by SGI of over 500 to vehicles in Saskatchewan's lake country. 104 mm hail was reported by the Saskatoon Star Phoenix at Waskesu Lake which is just north east of Pratt Lake. Our canopy was ripped off the trailor and we found three large trees downed across one of the the roads in the area. After a couple days of extreme heat, this storm brought severe lighting and extreme wind. The straight lined winds were at least 100km/hr in our area but only lasted about a half an hour after midnight before calming to about 70km/hr with heavy lighting. This was the worst of 3 storms in 24 hours, the first earlier in the evening of Monday, July 18 was the tornado warned storm just to our south. Another storm around 4am cut power for 12 hours the following day for most of central Saskatchewan. This was an incredible adventure at the lake for sure! Topping off the video is footage of a Bald Eagle and a Loon on the lake found while cayaking during the calm after the storms.

Pratt Lake Saskatchewan Storm - July 19, 2011

This is one of many lighting shots taken just after the storm passed by after midnight that caused a huge blackout and damage claims by SGI of over 500 to vehicles in Saskatchewan's lake country. 104 mm hail was reported by the Saskatoon Star Phoenix at Waskesu Lake which is just north east of Pratt Lake. Our canopy was ripped off the trailor and we found three large trees downed across one of the the roads in the area. After a couple days of extreme heat, this storm brought severe lighting and extreme wind. The straight lined winds were at least 100km/hr in our area but only lasted about a half an hour after midnight before calming to about 70km/hr with heavy lighting. This was the worst of 3 storms in 24 hours, the first earlier in the evening of Monday, July 18 was the tornado warned storm just to our south. Another storm around 4am cut power for 12 hours the following day for most of central Saskatchewan. This was an incredible adventure at the lake for sure!
 
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Video from last night - More storms today

Here is the full version of that close call from last night where Greg Johnson and company experienced the lighting strike of a lifetime! (Includes audio, replay and a slide show of video frames)



Today, the storm from last night is still going north past Saskatoon and Prince Albert. It is now feeding new severe cells to its south east around Lloydminster. Severe thunderstorm watches are active for much of central Alberta and south eastern Saskatchewan including city of Regina. Storms should begin to emerge south of Regina later today.

Slide Show Of Lightning Strike

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

INCREDIBLY LIGHTNING STRIKE LESS THAN HALF A SECOND AWAYYY!!!!! (LANGUAGE WARNING) via @CANADOGREG Southern Saskatchewan Assiniboine Region 9:45pm July 13, 2011

Greg Johnson's LIVE Storm Chasing Feed - Southern Saskatchewan

These guys nearly got blown away by super wind gusts an hour ago. They are now just west of Old Wives Lake keeping in front of the storm. There is no visible rotation on this storm but linear wind gusts (approx 80km/hr) and large hail make it very dangerous. It is heading in the direction of the city of Regina at the moment and should arrive here around 8 or 9pm as it is moving very slowly north east. Severe thunderstorm warnings have just been issued for Moose Jaw regions.

UPDATE: Check out Nick Schenher's feed as he is also on this same storm, much closer though.


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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Storm Chasing - South of Avonlea - July 8, 2011 - Full Report

Chase Report:
As other storm chasers began to get set up early in the day in areas such as North Dakota and Weyburn regions, Gunjan Sinha and Jared Mysko waited for things to take shape. Our patience finally paid off after having lunch at Ogema, Saskatchewan. The same lonely cell that was over Assiniboia for most of the afternoon continued to form nice and slowly and we got in position just in time. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by Environment Canada minutes after our arrival south of Avonlea. The cell began to grow quickly at that point and dropped some heavy rain in the area. We got follow it only a few kilometres before it split apart and merged into a large supercell north of Regina. From 4pm to about 7pm it only moved less that 100 kilometres (maybe 50) from its original position and indicated some decent rotation. For such a short trip, this was absolutely fantastic way to spend a Friday. Please watch and comment on the the videos as they include new timelapse photography with a slideshow embeded with video clips in HD quality.





Storm Chasing - South of Avonlea, Saskatchewan - Part 4 of 4

Storm Chasing - South of Avonlea, Saskatchewan - Part 3 of 4

Storm Chasing - South of Avonlea, Saskatchewan - Part 2 of 4

Storm Chasing - South of Avonlea, Saskatchewan - Part 1 of 4

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Tornadoes In Alberta - FULL REPORT

Today was a great start to a forecasted two day event for severe weather across the Canadian Prairies. Several tornadoes were reported in central Alberta this evening. Stories and photos are just starting to come across the wire.

Global TV Edmonton

Calgary Herald

Also, as a treat we got to watch our first live stream of a storm chaser on the storm near Red Deer just as reports came in from RCMP of a tornado near Inisfail, AB watch and click on the highlights.

This just in:

Bergen Tornado - July 7th, 2011


and so much more posted on facebook, yahoo and twitter...

Tomorrow: Possible Moderate Risk Area centred over Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Many chasers headed to the area including Discovery Channel, @stormpics @FindTheTornado @reedtimmerTVN @xtrmtorndotours @canadogreg and likely many more...

Sun Setting Over Regina

 
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EXTREME WEATHER TODAY/TOMORROW

Reading tweets from American storm chasers "wishing they were in Saskatchewan RIGHT NOW." Discovery Channel, Reed Timmer, @stormpics @FindTheTornado @reedtimmerTVN @xtrmtorndotours all heading this way... storms going apeshit in sw SK atm. Rosetown/Saskatoon should be under PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) forget the warnings, GET READY NOW!