Friday, December 15, 2006

Saskatoon Snowstorm Forecast December 15, 2006

Saskatoon Snowstorm Forecast December 15, 2006 - This is my forecast at 3pm SST. The radar may be showing some intensification and so we may actually get a lot more snow as this powerful system shows its strength in the evening hours over Saskatoon.

The warnings have been canceled for now but we still might get 5 to 10 cm of snow this evening.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Video: SUV Stuck in the Snow in Saskatoon

Here is a short clip from last night of an SUV caught up in the snow on 22nd Street West in Saskatoon:

Monday, November 13, 2006

Jared's Resume

This is my video resume as I have just completed my Graphic Design - New Media Production course at McKay Career Training. I am now looking for a day time job. Check out the online resume at

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Saskatoon Gets Snow

I'm tired of shovelling out but here is what it looked like today in Saskatoon:

Here is the North American Snow cover map:

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Don't forget November

Here is a teaser video before the second season takes the "geezer media" by surprise again. This video is from May 2005 but November has always been active across much of the southern tornado belt so, WAKE UP CHASERS!

Thanks to Dave from for shooting this video.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Saskatoon Snow Commute

Jared commutes to and from school today. Ice packed roads combined with annoying drivers and radio host. Too Short provides some therapy with some progressive language to be warned about.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

No Tornado Evidence

Tornadoes have been reported on CBC, CKOM and but so far no evidence has been submited. We drove all around that storm for many hours and saw nothing more than pea size hail that lasted for no more than 3 seconds. No damage from Foam Lake to Buchanan to Springside. We saw some good looking clouds but again got fooled into following it going north while there may have been a south-east moving storm that got away on us. When we gave up and started moving south towards Good Spirit Lake, we expected all the lightning to come right over us but we never even caught up to it. Weather radio kicked in too late to tell us what we missed. Photos will be posted later.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sunday Afternoon Thunderstorm Video

Here is a short clip from this afternoon's thunderstorm that brought the city of Saskatoon some pea size hail. My son William does the background commentary.

Chase Video - August 11, 2006

From this past Friday, August 11, near Punnishy, Saskatchewan. Here is the video from YouTube (google video didn't work as it is still processing, hopefully it will be up later):

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Punnishy, Saskatchewan Storm Chase

Hail and rotation on a pretty good storm around Punnishy, Saskatchewan, Friday, August 11, 2006

Video is being processed now, it will be worth the wait, check google video for status...

Friday, August 11, 2006

Saskatchewan Moderate Risk Today

Here is an incredible collection of the major hail storm around Red Deer, Alberta last night.
Red Deer

This stuff is now over Yorkton for their second major storm in 24hrs. We are going to try and chase what we can from Saskatoon today, maybe we will end up in Dauphin, Manitoba as it seems to be heading that way very slowly, NE@20km/hr. OR the Regina area is supposed to be wild later today.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Friday Severe Weather Outbreak in Saskatchewan

Sounds like something big is brewing for tommorrow. Right now we have storms in southern Alberta moving into western Saskatchewan tonight, and another cluster of big cells in south-east Saskatchewan moving in to Manitoba. I haven't had much time to look at the forecast for Friday but the buzz is on... look here: Blog

Sunday, August 06, 2006


The monster has emerged early in central Ontario. Tornado warnings are up already and it will be a long day out there.


Manitoba Tornado Disaster

Several tornadoes have been reported to have destroyed lake areas north of Winnipeg on Saturday. Information is slow to come in but photos of the twisters have been posted on CBC and CTV. Injury (dozens) and damage numbers have been increasing as the day goes on but at least one person is dead another is in critical condition and the damage photos are disturbing. This storm was predicted two days ahead of time with a high risk issued at 11am on Saturday for the area by Video from the storm when it hit Saskatoon on Friday will be posted this afternoon. The weather is expected to be clear for the next few days on the Canadian prairies while central Ontario in eastern Canada is under another high to moderate risk for severe weather. This already deadly system is moving towards central Quebec for Sunday night and Monday.


Friday, August 04, 2006

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Photos from today's storms

About an hour north-west of Saskatoon, somewhere near Arelee or Eagle Creek, we followed a pretty surprisingly interesting storm. With the report from Environment Canada about large hail in this system, and a diamond shape on radar with right-turning action in the middle, it was hard to pass up. The first photos show where we thought we saw a tornado although it was very far away. We had a great view but not many roads to choose from to get any closer. We are facing west here and Biggar is most likely somewhere on the other side of the hill and behind the clouds.

We tried to go back south and west, ending up near Perdue, then Laura where it got away on us and we got wrapped in rain and headed home.

Video may be posted later, depending on the quality (it's not great).

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Today's Forecast: Widespread Action

From Edmonton and Red Deer, through Saskatoon and Regina even Winnipeg is at risk from severe weather today. It looks like Edmonton will get lots of rain while thunderstorms are going to cover the rest of the area. Extreme southern Saskatchewan is at 35C. We are monitoring the situation closely.

Fast Moving Storm Hits Saskatoon

Here is a short video:

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Fast Moving Storm Hits Saskatoon

I personally saw some hail about the size of a dime, intense lightning and heavy downpours on 33rd Street and Confederation Drive. Not much wind if any. Looking at the video now...

Note: this storm was moving at 70km per hour north east and more storms are possible tonight.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Video from yesterday's storms...

The video from yesterday's storms in central Saskatchewan will be posted later today. There wasn't much lightning but the rolling wall cloud looks incredible with aqua green clouds behind it. The photo in the previous post shows the cloud that eventually was responsible for the piles of hail and that sign that got destroyed. The storm damage was only about one kilometre south of where we were taking all the photos and video. As soon as the thing came over our heads it wrapped around us and we went back to the highway to find cars stopped on the side of the road due to visibilty (along with the damage). It was pretty scary for a few minutes there!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Storm Chase Summary Today

Marble size hail piled up on the side of the road and a big sign got destroyed by something outside of McDowall, Saskatchewan, which is about 30km south of Prince Albert. This storm had some very wild features with wall clouds and pretty fast rotation. After it burped this out at about 6pm, it went south-east and re-organized and we found a bit more hail on the road towards Melfort but that was pretty much it.

Alberta Rainbow

Here's is a shot of the rainbow we saw along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border on Tuesday evening. We didn't see any hail but there was some pretty intense lightning every minute or so. Moderate to heavy rain and some wind gusts that brought some tree branches onto the highway around Biggar later at night. This system should be pretty powerful tommorrow as it is dropping a lot of rain in western Saskatchewan right now. Saskatoon might get a downpour with lightning over the next few hours, overnight.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Storm chase between Perdue and Asquith

A short drive west of Saskatoon, this storm briefly got interesting but soon the low dry lightning convinced me to go home early on this storm...see last storm footage...

...and another photo I found from Wednesday night, but I fixed up the brightness and levels...

Skycam Is Online: Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Saskatoon

The skycam has been turned back on and is updating every 6 minutes. A watch has been issued and cells are forming to the far north-west around Lloyminister. Saskatoon should see something in the early evening.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Lightning Show - Buffalo Pound - Video

Ok here is the video from last night:
Buffalo Pound Lightning
(north of Moose Jaw, west of Chamberlain)
and a couple more pictures:

Forecast Today

The outlook map will be updated later today. For now, it looks like some small cells are popping up west of Saskatoon but the biggest risk area will be in the heat of Manitoba.

Intense Lightning: North of Moose Jaw

I am exhausted from another long chase day. Just got back and I had to post at least one shot. Tons of video to go through again which I will post tommorrow. Its all lightning with this storm. No hail and even the rain wasn't that heavy. The best lightning shots of the year if not ever came out of what seemed like a very slow or even stationary storm.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

More Photos From Monday's Storm

Here is a few more photos from Monday's storm. The first one is from north of Rosetown, where we changed direction and headed back through Rosetown to follow the shelf. I've just gone through a bunch of video clips and found a few good lightning bursts. Too bad no stills but the video is gonna be very entertaining once I have it produced. It should be online by Tuesday night.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Alberta: 6cm Hail, Tornado Watch In Effect

Calgary saw the beginings of an incredible storm today. Here is a site with some great photos and weather information from Calgary:
Environment Canada reported 6cm hail with these storms that headed out of the Calgary area towards Drumheller which is now under a tornado watch. The cells seem to have split at this time and severe thunderstorm watches have been extended into western Saskatchewan. This system is moving quickly north-east, possibly even skipping on radar. With a forecast of some very high temperatures around Saskatoon on Monday, this tends to suggest that these storms will be nocturnal (look at the moon). We could see these storms increase in strength after the sun goes down. This system must be watched closely. Check CanadianPrairieStorms Yahoo group for more...

Saturday, July 08, 2006

What a Friday!

Just got back from work to upload some photos from this afternoon. Gunjan and I took a trip srtaight for Radisson and caught a brief tornado that had a dust column going all the way up to the base of the clouds for about 30 seconds. I got a couple of crappy shots while driving but Gunjan should be posting his photos sometime soon I hope. He has some decent shots of it. Other than that tornado which was south of Radisson, we got hit with whitout conditions and some marble size hail. Before that we were under some of the most amazing cloud displays of the year. Aqua Green! I have some video that I will post later and tons of photos to go through. Here is a couple more photos:


Friday, July 07, 2006

Quick Post- Back in Saskatoon

Gunjan and I took a quick trip out to Radisson and saw a brief tornado. My photo only shows the funnel and not much of a disturbance on the ground as I was driving. Gunjan got a better pickture. However here is a pretty scary taste of what we saw. I have to run to work...

Saskatchewan Storm Chase

Looking at the radar, west of Saskatoon there could be chance to see a nice thunderstorm this afternoon. With cells filling out the area from Meadow Lake all the way down to Kindersley, something might pop-up somewhere in the middle. Biggar, SK. is always a fun target. Then either back east or north-east.

Jared The Chaser

Friday, June 30, 2006

Brandon Tornadoes

The CBC has posted a story about the tornadoes in Brandon. No damage reports as yet. Many new thundertorm cells have emerged over central Alberta and continuing into southern Manitoba.


city of Brandon
3:06 PM CDT Friday 30 June 2006
Tornado warning for
city of Brandon upgraded from severe thunderstorm warning
A tornado was spotted just southeast of Brandon and is moving towards the city. A tornado is moving towards the city of Brandon please take cover.

Manitoba Watch Out!

A huge area of rain over southern Saskatchewan has moved into southern Manitoba where temperatures are up to 30 degrees already. This system is turning nasty as it convects from Brandon, north to Dauphin. Warnings have been issued and it has just started! We are going to upgrade the risk map now...

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Saskatoon - Smoky and Muggy - No Storms Yet...

We have some very warm, muggy air now to go with forest fire smoke. There is a pretty good chance of severe thunderstorms today in central Saskatchewan but so far storms have gone much further north-east. Still, with a cold front due to pass through here as the sun goes down, storms could come out of nowhere. Conditions are just about perfect with a nice steady wind to help it all out. I took a short drive out towards Rosthurn and found a kilometre wide swath of rain around 3:30pm. It now appears to be building up big with warnings for the Nipiwin area. Dewpoints are 22 in Nipiwin and 20 in Saskatoon. Echo tops are now reaching 50 000 feet high. That is nearly maxed. As the sun goes down that monster could back-build in a hurry.

Here are some early photos:

Monday, June 26, 2006

Forest Fires Bring Smoke To Saskatoon

The air in Saskatoon is normally pretty clean with the usual exception of dust when the weather is windy and dry. Today however, we are choking on a major cloud of smoke from the forest fires up north. Here a quick link to the CBC story.

Saskatchewan Environment Fire Management

Friday, June 23, 2006

Saskatoon Thunderstorm Cell

There are some weak thunderstorm cells developing around Saskatoon this afternoon. Nice photo op! No time to update the map but its pretty close for a 3am prediction!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Saskatoon Gets Rain

Not much to report from Saskatoon except for more rain. Not even enough for a minor flood.

2.5 CM Hail in Southern Saskatchewan Storm This Morning

Major storms have developed north and south of the International border. Hail of 2.5 cm was reported by Environment Canada, prompting many new watches and warnings by noon. Theses storms are heading north and may affect major cities later this afternoon and evening.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Severe Weather is Back!

Numerous reports of tornadoes with the storms in Montana according to NWS. Moving north into Alberta, Environment Canada issued tornado warnings at around 10 pm for southernmost parts of Alberta. These storms are expected to continue through the night and move into western Saskatchewan by Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Storm Chasing Interview on CBC Radio One's "Freestyle"

Just to let you all know, I did an interview on CBC Radio One's afternoon show called "Freestyle" today. You should be able to catch it on your radio or at this link here...

Jared Mysko

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Thunder in Saskatoon

Nice looking clouds outside today as the sun and the clouds battle for space!

Storms Today - Central Saskatchewan - Southern Ontario

Two places of interest today. Central Saskatchewan and southern Ontario should get an honorable mention. The huge storms that finally left Manitoba yesterday are now re-organizing in the same hot air just further south and intesified by the surrounding lakes. However, as usual with Ontario storms, the wind shear is not as good there and with all the trees and buildings, it has to be some of the worst areas to chase storms in Canada. Back in Saskatchewan however, our skies are cooking up right now and my cam shows the soupy looking clouds in the north with layers and really nice convective (pop-corn) clouds forming all over the place. I think we actually have way too much moisture and unless it clears out and heats up, storms will be mild out here today. Ontario is going to see some major light shows tonight though.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Nice Gradient in Southern Manitoba

It is 29C in south-east Manitoba, Winnipeg is 22C, Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan is only 6C !! Seems like a good chance of a monster storm to develop somewhere but it looks like that is much further south. Storms will likely develop somewhere along the International border.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Saskatoon & Area Storms

Some pretty incredible looking storm clouds rolled by and apparently through parts of the city of Saskatoon this evening. It wasn't a very big cluster of cells but it sure put on a show. Colorful clouds with purple lightning made for quite a sight west of the city.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

New Template for Canadian Prairie Storms

Finally got around to fixing up the template on this blog. It might have to do with the numbers of visitors to this blog doubling and tripling in the last two days. Storms are everywhere around us right now. Nice and calm in Saskatoon but it looks like Regina is going to get another light show. Watches have been up all around Saskatoon but not the city itself, yet. "Muggy" is the most popular word in Saskatoon today!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Saskatchewan Storms

This storm got big but it didn't drop or move very far. Still lots of storms out there right now. The photo is from near Harris, Saskatchewan, which is about 76.6 km south west of Saskatoon (according to

Friday, May 19, 2006

Possible Severe Weather Outbreak - Alberta Saturday


The Prairie Storm Prediction Centre has mentioned the possibility of a "severe weather outbreak" on Saturday in Alberta. This should not be taken lightly as it is the month of May and the states are very quiet for this time of year. It is not unusual to have over a hundred tornado reports in a single day in the states at this time of the year. Most importantly, this year, March and April produced more tornadoes than May which IS unusual. Is the weather skipping a month? If so, June/July weather is already here!

If anyone wants to post Alberta skycam links or to join the discussion, please visit Canadian Prairie Storms Yahoo Group...


Possible Severe Weather Outbreak - Alberta Saturday


The Prairie Storm Prediction Centre has mentioned the possibility of a "severe weather outbreak" on

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Nice Day Today

Warm temperatures are giving Alberta and Manitoba an early taste of summer. The usual hotspots are in the low thirties with Drumheller checking in at 32C. Highest dewpoints are at North Battleford, Meadow Lake and Spiritwood. Humidities are a bit low but capes appear to be reaching 2000. Seems to be some light wind shear as well. Definitely worth watching.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Severe Weather Outlook Map for the Canadian Prairies

The map has been fixed up a bit as we get closer to seeing some real storms around here. There is some convecting clouds to the west of Saskatoon but we are not expecting too much severe weather until it heats up a bit more.


Jared Mysko

Friday, May 12, 2006

Severe Thunderstorms Today: Alberta

There will not be a severe weather outlook map today due to time constraints. This message is simply to advise that there is a decent chance of severe thunderstorms and weak tornadoes in parts of central Alberta. Please check the forecast and radar.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Manitoba Tornadoes On Tuesday

According to the CBC, southern Manitoba had some tornadic type weather on Tuesday afternoon...

CBC Manitoba

Clouds have really begun to take on some incredible shapes this spring in Saskatoon, here are a few recent shots:

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Thunderstorms Heading to Winnipeg

Possible severe thunderstorms are gathering steam at this time in southern Manitoba, possibly heading to Winnipeg. Watches have been issued.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Severe Thundertorm Risk for Central Alberta

There is a slight risk of a severe thunderstorm this afternoon in the area north of Lloyminister, Alberta. All the elements are in place for a thunderstorm that may reach severe levels but these storms are not expected to be very big.

Jared Mysko

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Thunder Today in Saskatoon?

Looks like some nice popcorn-like clouds around most of southern
Saskatchewan this afternoon. Now that the grass is a nice shade of
green, it is beginning to look like summer. Dust is kicking up as
these cells increase in strength. It is only 19 degrees in Saskatoon.
The skycam looks cool...
Live Saskatoon Skycams

...bird feeders are geting taken now now...

Monday, April 17, 2006

After Easter Thoughts

Just to let everyone know, some new stuff has been added to including photos of the flood, the sunset and the changing sky. Also, the severe weather outlook map for the Canadian prairies has been recently re-built. There are a few bugs to work out and it will be vastly improved before the summer storm season really hits. Look forward to seeing more animated icons and some real juicy, highly secretive, utterly amazing, and possibly shocking features. Oh, and by the way, those photos can be found at

As for the weather today, more rain, more rain. Flooding sucks and there are plenty of people affected this spring. Thunderstorms are possible in southern areas today but updating the map is going to have to wait until later.

In the United States, the tornado reports are coming in a steady pace in 2006. If April ends up with over 300 tornado reports, then it would be my guess that May will not be nearly as busy as last year. The storms seem to be moving north faster than normal so this seems to suggest a shortened storm chasing season in the states and an earlier one in Canada. This may be a bold prediction but the month of May could bring the most tornadoes Canada has seen ever in that month. Keep in mind that will be due mostly in part to the huge and growing numbers of digital cameras out there. Hopefully we can all use this fantasic technology to understand the weather a little better, before things get really crazy.


-COD has updated their site with a Canadian section.

-Stormtrack forums are spitting out new tornado photos and chase blogs every day.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Windy in Saskatoon

Winds are now gusting to over 60km/hr here in Saskatoon causing some ust to get kicked up into the air. Thunderstorms are a possibility today east of us.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

It's getting closer!

Today there is a slight risk of severe weather in the states of Montana and South Dakota, bringing the storm season a bit closer to Canada for 2006. Thursday makes for another big day to watch as a moderate risk has been issued for areas further south and east. Our storm prediction map will have to get back into operation very soon as the snow is nearly all gone here in Saskatoon. Some general thundershowers are possible today in extreme southern Alberta.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Tornado Numbers See Huge Increase

Monthly tornado statistics are a bit disturbing so far this year. After this past Sunday's numbers have been tabulated, the month of March claimed over 200 tornadoes. Is this due to more chasers, more media, or is the weather going bonkers. What are we to prepare for this summer in Canada? It is not uncommon to have one or two isolated but powerful storms in the month of April somewhere in Saskatchewan, but maybe this year we will see summer type action starting very early.

SPC Monthly Tornado Statistics

Thursday, March 30, 2006

PDS ISSUED: Strong Tornadoes Possible Today

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma today has issued a "PDS" or particularly dangerous situation. The forums are buzzing with activity and it looks like it is going to be a busy day for storms on the plains. So far only hail has been reported but shear is very strong and violent tornadoes are expected this afternoon in eastern Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missori.

"This is an extremely dangerous situation"

Weather on the Canadian prairies is mixed with a heavy snowfall warning in west-central Manitoba and warm temperatures for the rest of us.

Severe Weather Today In Tornado Alley

A moderate risk for severe thunderstorms has been issued by SPC for eastern parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and western Missori. Meanwhile, Saskatoon is seeing the snow slowly melt away as temperatures continue to increase, leaving the shortest winter ever behind. The lighting map is indicating that strikes are being recorded along the Manitoba/USA/Ontario borders, with some convection on radar even at this hour of day.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

If that's not a thunderstorm....

4:20pm SST Radar Image

That looks like a pretty strong cell with those red colours in there. It looks like the city of Brandon is going to see the first thundershower of the year on the Canadian prairies.

Earliest Spring Thunderstorms Ever?

This just in....

Weak convective cells have emerged over south-east Saskatchewan and it looks like the lighning map is indicating the most northerly strikes are coming closer to Canada today. SPC has a huge "slight risk" area drawn for the plains on Thursday which may indicate a very active day over a wide spread area. A little more heat and all this moisture will make for an interesting spring storm season. The earliest severe thunderstorm in recent memory was on April 19, 2004.

See the snow in this archived photo:

April 19, 2004

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

New Snow Photos From Saskatoon

This has been quite the month of March for snow in Saskatoon. Driving is very tricky in this kind of situation. Slush one day, then blinding snowfall followed by ice and snow covered streets. And now, freezing cold with super bright sunshine.