Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Damaging Wind Storm Sweeps The Prairies

Winds gusted near 100km/hr today in Regina breaking off tree branches and littering the snow with pine needles and twigs. One large branch was captured as it broke off in Wascana Park which made me jump a little and freaked a squirrel right out! Some reported gusts higher at the airport and downtown but no major damage reports as yet for Regina, unlike Saskatoon which held the peak gust report with Prince Albert at 107km/hr. Semi-tractor trailer units were toppled on the highways, a window was blown out of an office building, a cell phone tower fell over and major large trees were bent or broken.

Here is a collection of tweets from the wind storm today:

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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 playing non-violent games like Forza and FIFA.

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