Five things you need to know about Thursday
Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:52 AM - Wondering what you missed overnight or what you can expect for the day ahead?
Here's your weather briefing for Thursday, May 29.
1. First significant storm threat of the season
Saskatchewan faced it's first severe weather threat of the season Wednesday afternoon with a moderate risk of a tornado developing.
"By no means does it look like a tornado outbreak," said weather Network meteorologist Brad Rousseau on Wednesday morning, "but it could be the first significant summer storm event for the region."
A tornado watch was issued before 12 pm in some places, but there were no reports of any touch downs through the day.
2. Amazing viewer footage from the storms
Severe thunderstorms still brought heavy rain, strong winds and loonie sized hail to the region along with frequent lightning strikes.
Callers to The Weather Network Stormline reported "house shaking thunder" and "incredible lightning."
This amazing viewer photo was taken in Regina, Saskatchewan early Thursday morning.
"It took nearly 200 photos, a lot of patience waiting for the storm and convincing myself that is wasn't done yet as the wind stopped and lightning flashes became very infrequent but here is the results," says Jared Mysko who captured the shot. "This photo was taken at 12:40am on the shore of Wascana Lake. You can see in the photo the Saskatchewan Legislature and a construction crane, that crane began to turn only a few seconds after this photo was snapped."
All thunderstorm watches and warnings for Wednesday's storm ended early Thursday morning.
3. Storm risk pushes east
The storm risk continues into Thursday with the most severe weather expected along the Saskatchewan/Manitoba border.
Strong winds and hail are the greatest threats with these storms, but at this time of year, it's always important to stay aware of the tornado risk as well.
Tornado Warnings can happen quite quickly and even catch some people off guard. Here are some best practices to follow should one touch down courtesy of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
4. Flood warnings in B.C.
An upper low system pushing through B.C. has been bringing rain to parts of the central and southern regions.
While many areas are only forecast to receive up to 15 mm of rain, localized heavier amounts are possible through Thursday.
"While many rivers in the region are currently showing signs of easing or dropping, further rises in levels are expected in response to this forecast rainfall through Thursday," the river forecast centre says.
5. Pleasant weekend in Ontario
If you enjoyed last weekend's weather in Ontario, you're going to love the upcoming weekend with more sunshine and a warming trend expected.
Meteorologists say to enjoy it now as a return to below seasonal temperatures are possible in June.
"It does look like as we go into the second week of June that there will be a period of below seasonal temperatures," says Doug Gillham, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "In terms of the month as a whole, it will be changeable much like May was."