"'Oklahoma-style' t-storms for Saskatchewan today "Likely will be the most violent storms in N. America, possibly the world."
STORM WATCH: 'Oklahoma style' t-storms expected in Saskatchewan, chief meteorologist warns
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.
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."
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.
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