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"'Oklahoma-style' t-storms for Saskatchewan today "Likely will be the most violent storms in N. America, possibly the world."

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STORM WATCH: 'Oklahoma style' t-storms expected in Saskatchewan, chief meteorologist warns


Staff writers

Monday, July 15, 2013, 3:10 PM -


TWN STORM WATCH: Tune into The Weather Network on TV as we continue to bring you the latest updates on Monday's thunderstorm risk.


Stormy looking clouds in Regina Sunday. Courtesy: Ian Barredo

Stormy looking clouds in Regina Sunday. Courtesy: Ian Barredo

Severe storms swept through parts of the Prairies over the weekend bringing heavy rain, grapefruit sized hail and possible tornadoes to some places.

Now, the start to the work week is shaping up to be the same.

"'Oklahoma-style' t-storms for Saskatchewan today," The Weather Network's chief meteorologist Chris Scott tweeted Monday morning. "Likely will be the most violent storms in N. America, possibly the world."

The combination of a very unstable moist airmass, daytime heating and a low pressure system moving in from Alberta are creating favourable conditions for severe thunderstorms. 

"The type of storms and storm structure we are expecting will resemble those found in tornado alley/Oklahoma during their active weather season," explains Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.

"There is a lot of CAPE - the energy needed for storms -  the right balance of sheer - which causes rotation - and a strong trigger for a storm. The set-up we're seeing today is about as good (or as bad) as it gets for severe weather in July in the Canadian Prairies."

"And these thunderstorms are capable of producing tornadoes," adds Doug Gillham, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "The risk for severe weather will continue through the afternoon and evening hours as the storms continue to push east."

Monday's risk

Monday's risk

A tornado watch was issued for parts of southern Saskatchewan before 8:30 am CST Monday morning and includes main areas like Regina and Saskatoon.

"Use this time to secure outdoor property and to ensure family members and co-workers are prepared to take action should severe weather approach," Environment Canada warns. 

The storms will also have the potential to produce very large hail, flooding rain, deadly lightning and powerful winds.

D.O.E. ~ proud mother to 4 wonderful boys, happily married small town girl from Saskatchewan, Canada

by on Jul. 15, 2013 at 4:11 PM
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D.O.E.
by on Jul. 15, 2013 at 6:11 PM

doesnt look bad

Quoting opinionatedmom:

Mobile Photo

This is the sky before an f5


OrientalLily
by Gold Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 7:21 PM
Blown way out proportion!!!!!!!!! We barely have a breeze, and it's sunny and hot in my end of Regina.

Quoting D.O.E.:

well it is sunny right now, hopefully this was all blown way out of proportion

Quoting FoxFire363:

Just want to add that just because you aren't in the worst spot in the radar, it doesn't mean to not be on guard. These storms are unpredictable. I've seen it go from sunny to tornadic storms in a very short time.


D.O.E.
by on Jul. 15, 2013 at 7:44 PM

sunny & blazing hot here too.........wheres this big bad storm?

Quoting OrientalLily:

Blown way out proportion!!!!!!!!! We barely have a breeze, and it's sunny and hot in my end of Regina.

Quoting D.O.E.:

well it is sunny right now, hopefully this was all blown way out of proportion

Quoting FoxFire363:

Just want to add that just because you aren't in the worst spot in the radar, it doesn't mean to not be on guard. These storms are unpredictable. I've seen it go from sunny to tornadic storms in a very short time.



opinionatedmom
by Platinum Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM
About 10 minutes later they sounded the sirens for the f5 that hit okc the week after Moore was hit. The night these pics were taken we had an f5 headings straight to our house and lifted before it reached us 10 minutes or so later the okc tornado which was about 5 miles south of us set down about 15 minutes after both of those we had one about 20 minutes north of is. Looks are deceiving.

Quoting D.O.E.:

doesnt look bad

Quoting opinionatedmom:

Mobile Photo

This is the sky before an f5


Anonymous
by Anonymous 7 on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

bump

LizzieAnnesMom
by ☆Mrs.Winchester☆ on Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Yeah you live in Oklahoma long enough Tornado Warnings dont bother you anymore.

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