As we continue to set records in the Okanagan with water level pushing higher, on what seems like a daily basis, they experienced some weather excitement of their own in Alberta on Friday afternoon.
A confirmed tornado touched down northeast of Three Hills, Alberta (just over an hour northeast of Calgary) and it was outstanding, as far as prairie storms go. There was no significant damage, and no one was injured, but there sure were a lot of videos and pictures being snapped.
This is a great time lapse video of this otherwise slow moving tornado.
— InstantWeatherCanada (@InstantWxCanada) 3 June 2017
A real time video with commentary from a woman who is rather excited to be part of the whole thing.
And this photo, if you haven’t seen it yet, of a man mowing his lawn as the tornado twists behind him. He says he was “keeping an eye on it” and in truth, the storm was quite a ways away, and headed in the opposite direction. Even still, this looks like a movie poster – I’m not quite sure what the movie is about, or how engaging it is, but it’s a cool shot. Also the photo has been picked up by media all over the world, adding (no doubt) to the perceived Canadian image of casual kindness and co-existing with our ‘wild environment.’
I’ve had a couple of run ins with tornadoes over the years – one of which was in Alberta. On this particular afternoon, a pretty hefty storm was blowing in, and instead of staying locked up in the house, we decided to take the kids to the movies. When we arrived at the theatre, we turned the car around to see a twister winding it’s way to the ground. It landed in a field somewhere and dissipated almost as quickly as it formed – with no damages. It was however, remarkable to watch how the clouds dance, form that classic shape, and make its way to the ground.
My second run in was a little different. We were visiting my sister-in-law who lives about an hour northwest of Detroit, and it was a particularly hot day at the end of July. The weather was shifting dramatically, so my wife and I ran outside to watch (I’m pretty sure we were both storm chasers in a previous life.) We watched as black clouds loomed in the distance and as a group of clouds in front of us began to swirl in directions I was not accustomed to seeing. After a few minutes of these clouds moving and morphing very slowly, they decided they were ready to go – and took off – ripping right past me (ripping through me is what it really felt like) and it was at that moment I knew there would be tornadoes as part of this storm. Less than an hour later, as we were preparing supper, a wild siren began blaring – it was the tornado warning siren. The kids freaked out, and I wanted to run outside to see what was brewing. Instead of following my impulse, we settled into the basement ‘bunker.’ We came out about 30 minutes later to news reports of several tornadoes breaking out to the south east of us. Scary and exhilarating – and I would totally go outside next time (but there is probably something wrong with me.
— Jeff Adams (@jeffmadams) 3 June 2017