Albertans were losing sleep Tuesday night after strike upon strike of lightning rattled the province in an intense storm. These strong thunderstorms rolled through Alberta and brought over 12,000 strikes of lightning with them throughout the night. The storm lasted well into the hours of Wednesday morning.
According to the Weather Network, between the late evening hours on Tuesday to around 7 AM on Wednesday morning, more than 12,000 strikes of lightning were detected throughout the entire province. 4,000 of these strikes were actually striking in just southern Alberta alone.
This storm left the Alberta sky lighting up constantly as lightning continued to strike throughout the night, putting on a personal light show for those who were awake throughout the night storm.
This storm occurred after Environment Canada issued multiple warnings throughout Alberta for severe thunderstorms. While the night storm is over, thunderstorm warnings are still in effect throughout the province as there is still a risk of storms continuing throughout Wednesday.
With this in mind, Environment Canada is still warning Albertans that lightning can kill. As the storms continue to move throughout the province, if you see lightning you should seek shelter immediately. So far, there has been no reported lightning strike injuries.
As the massive storm took over the province last night, many Albertans were able to capture some of the crazy lightning that was striking. Many Albertans even claimed that the storm was so loud that they were unable to get any sleep throughout the night.
Holy lightning, Calgary 4:50am facing west #abstorm @weathernetwork @ABStormChasers @CTVdavidspence #stormhour… https://t.co/PN779ASeIR— Stuart Milliner, fly fishing beats storm chasing (@Stuart Milliner, fly fishing beats storm chasing)1563965827.0
Lightning show #Lightning #abstorm #weather #yyc #calgary https://t.co/VAf4GpVZLC— Jonathan Lee Scholes (@Jonathan Lee Scholes)1563967822.0
Last night over Fort Saskatchewan, Ab. #abstorm #yegwx @weathernetwork @mikesobel @jessebeyerWX https://t.co/dh57mvMa6F— Cloud2Ground Photos (@Cloud2Ground Photos)1563982522.0
No wonder I feel awful this morning. I doubt many people slept well last night during this with 12,000 lightning st… https://t.co/07AUZpXWaa— The Mindful Migraineur (@The Mindful Migraineur)1563977213.0
Well that was intense!! #yyc #abstorm 5am Marda Loop https://t.co/5SHv0j5pRx— Neil Zeller (@Neil Zeller)1563966484.0
🔊Listen: Being rudely awakened by lightning and thunder in Calgary this morning! Looks like a transformer blew. ⛈⚡… https://t.co/ATamU9p2wG— Kyle Brittain (@Kyle Brittain)1563967344.0
However, it wasn't just lightning that Albertans had to be worried about during the storm on Tuesday night. Heavy downpours and large hail were also spotted throughout the area.
Some Albertans even claim that the hail that was falling was around the same size as a toonie.
Some solid loonie to toonie size hail West of Alder Flats, Alberta #abstorm @BraydonMoreSo 6:22PM https://t.co/45YRxsf3L9— Prairie Storm Chasers (@Prairie Storm Chasers)1563927766.0
Dime to toonie sized hail South of Lodgepole, Alberta #abstorm 4:25PM @PrairieChasers https://t.co/VJiIP3AwLY— Braydon Morisseau (@Braydon Morisseau)1563920716.0
The average number of lightning flashes that hit Canada each year is an estimated 2.2 million. While the month that is most likely to see the most amount of lightning flashes is July.