Friday, July 22, 2011

Pratt Lake Saskatchewan Storm - July 19, 2011

This is one of many lighting shots taken just after the storm passed by after midnight that caused a huge blackout and damage claims by SGI of over 500 to vehicles in Saskatchewan's lake country. 104 mm hail was reported by the Saskatoon Star Phoenix at Waskesu Lake which is just north east of Pratt Lake. Our canopy was ripped off the trailor and we found three large trees downed across one of the the roads in the area. After a couple days of extreme heat, this storm brought severe lighting and extreme wind. The straight lined winds were at least 100km/hr in our area but only lasted about a half an hour after midnight before calming to about 70km/hr with heavy lighting. This was the worst of 3 storms in 24 hours, the first earlier in the evening of Monday, July 18 was the tornado warned storm just to our south. Another storm around 4am cut power for 12 hours the following day for most of central Saskatchewan. This was an incredible adventure at the lake for sure!
 
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Storm & Wildlife Photographer.
NON-PROFIT Volunteer Storm Caster
Relay Of Severe Weather Alerts/Reports

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Kayaking, bird watching, fishing and wildlife photography are my summer hobbies when waiting for storms. See my adventures on YouTube!

I build a daily map of storm risk for the Canadian Prairies to accomplish two things. One, translate the complications of the meteorologists into something simple that the public can understand clearly. Two, become a buffer on social media to either raise the alarm and calm the masses depending on the level of hype.

Storm chasing is limited nowadays to a few photo ops by the lake at Wascana in Regina or up north at Pratt. Generally, I spend more time nowcasting for chasers around Saskatchewan which saves on gas and keeps me safe in my studio/bunker.

Once storm season comes to an end in August, gaming season then begins. Find me on Twitch.com/jaredmysko playing non-violent games like Forza and FIFA.

Thanks for all the likes, shares, comments and encouragement. Stay safe and enjoy the weather!

Jared