Saskatchewan: 9 tornadoes in 2 days, close to YEARLY total
Friday, July 13, 2018, 8:31 AM - Six tornado touch downs were confirmed after severe weather swept through parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Tuesday. That's after three confirmed tornadoes were reported in Saskatchewan on Monday, helping to bump this year's tornado count near the ANNUAL average of 18 already. Tennis ball sized hail also left its mark on the region this week with unbelievable footage of it captured, below. We're also keeping an eye on a "sneaky storm risk," which could bring more severe weather (and tornadoes) this weekend.
- A developing low in Montana will funnel more heat and moisture into southern Alberta Friday, helping to spawn strong storms along the foothills and central Alberta
- Large hail, strong wind gusts are the main threats with Friday's storms with a window of opportunity for supercells to develop in the afternoon and evening
- SEVERE WEATHER ALERTS CAN BE FOUND HERE
SIXTH TORNADO NOW ADDED TO TUESDAY'S STORM COUNT
Thunderstorms began forming across parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan early Tuesday afternoon, prompting numerous severe thunderstorm watches and warnings, as well as tornado warnings for central and southern Saskatchewan. Environment Canada initially confirmed that four EF-0 tornadoes touched down over the span of the evening with no reports of significant damage.
A fifth tornado was later confirmed from Tuesday's storms, and then a sixth, bringing the two day (Monday and Tuesday) total to nine and significantly bumping this year's total tornado count to 16 already. On average, Saskatchewan sees 18 tornadoes each year.
We are now watching a "sneaky storm risk" with a heightened threat for more severe conditions on Friday and Saturday.
TENNIS BALL SIZED HAIL
In addition to the twisters, strong winds and tennis ball sized hail also left its mark on the region.
"Stone was exactly 7.5 cm across the greater axis," tweeted Weather Network storm chaser Kyle Brittain, with these impressive photos below.
YOUR STORM PHOTOS: UPLOAD MORE HERE
Jecey Buburuz - Rockglen, SK
Don Lacharite - Regina, SK
Bill Stock - Kindersley, SK
Lee Asplund - Brooks, AB
MONDAY STORM RECAP: THREE CONFIRMED TORNADOES
Amid rising temperatures, heat warnings and stifling humidity, thunderstorms fired up over southern Saskatchewan Monday afternoon, with isolated cells reaching severe limits -- even prompting several tornado warnings near Swift Current and Assiniboia. Tornado and severe thunderstorm watches remained in effect through the evening across much of the southern edge of the province as supercells along a warm front moved north from the U.S.
Reports of marble to golf ball sized hail, and a "couple of tornadoes" emerged as storms rolled across the province. Environment Canada confirmed a tornado that occurred near Cantuar, Saskatchewan around 3:20 p.m. CST on Monday, and another one near Chaplin at around 4:10 p.m. CST. A third tornado was later confirmed in Swift Current from Monday's storm and all three tornadoes were given a rating of EF-0.
Be sure to check back for the latest updates on these storms and always monitor the latest warnings when storms progress.