Just when you thought the bizarre weather was over, Mother Nature is back with more! After all, this is Canada. This time, officials are calling for tornadoes, hail, and severe thunderstorms for Alberta and BC's weather forecast just in time for hump day.
In case you have been living, or hiding, under a rock, you are probably aware of the insane amount of thunderstorms that have been rolling throughout Canada.
The weird weather all started in June when parts of BC actually had snowfall warnings during the summer season. Then, Mother Nature had the audacity to issue intense and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings just in time for the Canada Day long weekend.
These were no ordinary weather watches either, as Environment Canada called for tornadoes, large hail, and flash floods!
Now, the fierce force of nature is back and is threatening tornadoes, up to five centimeters of hail, and intense thunderstorms for BC and Alberta.
As of publication time, BC has thunderstorm watches issued for 12 locations across the province. These watches are calling for severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing “torrential rainfall” and large hail.
According to Environment Canada, strong wind gusts, like the ones expected, have the potential to cause damaging effects such as broken branches and overturned cars.
The following areas in BC have been issued severe thunderstorm watches:
- 100 Mile
- Arrow Lakes - Slocan Lake
- Fraser Canyon
- North Columbia
- North Thompson
- Okanagan Valley
- South Thompson
- West Columbia
As for Alberta, five locations are calling for severe thunderstorms. These warnings from Environment Canada seem a tad more harsh than the ones in BC.
According to the Environment Canada website, severe thunderstorms with hail the size of golf balls is expected! Global News has stated that there could be around five centimeters of hail accumulated in parts of the province.
Along with this, 100 km/h winds will hit by late afternoon. To top it off, severe thunderstorms like the ones anticipated have the potential to produce tornadoes. If you were planning on going out, you may want to reconsider as these storms are expected to last into the evening.
Canada has been unlucky with the tornadoes warnings as of late. In fact, three provinces were issued tornado warnings in the past week.
According to The Weather Network, a tornado sighting was confirmed in Alberta on Monday, July 8, 2019. Although a scary close call on the Monday afternoon, no damage as reported with the brief twister about 75 km south of Grande Prairie.
Due to these thunderstorms watches, the Calgary Stampede may be in for a wet and wild ride with scattered isolated thunderstorms across much of the southern part of the province. I hope your cowboy boots are waterproof!
The following areas in Alberta are under a severe thunderstorm watch:
- Drayton Valley - Devon - Rimbey - Pigeon Lake
- Leduc - Camrose - Wetaskiwin - Tofield
- Lloydminster - Wainwright - Vermilion - Provost
- Red Deer - Ponoka - Innisfail - Stettler
- Rocky Mountain House - Caroline
It seems as though this entire week has been a weird mix of all things weather. On July 8, 2019, parts of Canada actually woke up to a large amount of snow and hail.
So who is going to be the one to tell Mother Nature to cool it?