Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 19th, 2014 Lightning Storm

UPDATE: I was not the only one to see the green glow coming from the ground, several others tweeted about it and SaskPower had to deal with a major power outage to many area in and around Regina. It is believed to be a transformer explosion after a lightning strike just west of the city.

Good dry cg lightning show over Wascana Lake this evening, the last photo in this set is the green afterglow of a strike just as the shudder opened. I have never seen that before, weird.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lightning Over The Lake

It took nearly 200 photos, a lot of patience waiting for the storm and convincing myself that is wasn't done yet as the wind stopped and lightning flashes became very infrequent but here is the results:

Wascana Lake 12:39am

Wascana Lake 12:40am

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Severe Weather Outlook Map - Wednesday, May 2014

Valid 5pm Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Issued at 10:30pm Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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North Dakota Perfect Tornado Yesterday

The footage of this tornado is amazing, lucky no one was killed but ABC news reports 9 injured as this tornado destroyed an oil camp in North Dakota May 26, 2014

Language and stupidity warning!

Dangerous Situation! #WednesdayNight

Extreme Southern Saskatchewan, including Assiniboine, Weyburn and Estevan Regions and All of Eastern Montana! 


Severe weather models are pointing to a major system exploding with tornadic supercells over western Montana Wednesday afternoon and moving into extreme southern Saskatchewan into the evening. These damaging storms will move into southern Manitoba and south eastern Saskatchewan on Thursday, making this a 2 day severe weather event. If in these areas, make plans now for strong storms and possible tornadoes, power outages, flash flooding, large hail and damaging winds.  

Here are some of the images of the latest forecast models, GFS and NAM, both seeming to suggest a lot of mixing with tons of wind shear, maximum ehi index and supercell composites, rain/precip just to the north. City of Regina could see flash flooding overnight with power outages all night Wednesday into Thursday.

GFS wind 850 9pm

NAM ehi index 9pm

GFS precip 9pm

NAM precip midnight

GFS supercell 9pm

NAM supercell 9pm

Stay safe, stay tuned and be prepared! 

More updates as they come in...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Storm Season Has Started In The States

A massive storm system has unleashed terrible fury in the latest start ever to tornado season in the states. Four days of severe weather had been forecast to hit southern tornado alley states starting on Saturday but after a blue sky bust that day, storms began to explode first thing Sunday morning and continue to pound many states into Monday evening with no slow down in sight. Moderate Risk was raised to High Risk early Sunday with 32 tornadoes reported on the Storm Prediction Center page. One was said to have been a multi-vortex with a destructive path of 80 or more miles long in Alabama with many injured and some killed.

Image grab from the animated wind map: (Apr27,2014-345pm) :

NASA Satellite Images:

...and from today:

At the latest count as of 8:21pm SST, the tornado count for today stands at 33 with another Moderate Risk issued for tomorrow for states just east of today's storms. Follow twitter feeds on the right of this page or check our live chaser links below for the latest.

Stay Safe!!!!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

More Heavy Snow Tonight For Regina!

Having vastly under estimated snowfall totals this morning, it was with great enthusiasm, the snow shovel and scraper was taken to clear paths and walkways in anticipation of the big dump tonight. Between 6 and 8 cm of snow fell in a very short time early this morning and the storm system seemed to energize over the city of Regina wreaking havoc on city roads and side streets. Heavy snowfall warnings have just been issued for areas of south east Alberta as the next wave approaches. Forecast is saying 5 to 10 more cm of snow tonight with yet another 2 to 4 cm on Thursday. All this snow will be followed by much needed above normal temperatures for the first time in many weeks.

So get your shovels out and enjoy the warm temperatures, winter's grip is finally falling apart and we all badly need the snow shoveling therapy after the coldest winter in history has kept us huddled inside and attempted to challenge our pride!

We will succeed and the snow will melt, lets help it out straight to the curb and into the gutter where it belongs!

Heavy Snow Hits Regina (5am to 8am photos/video)


As of 8am we have had about 2 cm of snow in the past hour here in Regina and 10 to 15cm more is expected in the next 24hrs. By the looks of the sky cam, the ledge has risen 6 to 8cm overnight.



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

PRAIRIE SNOW STORM TODAY [Skycam and ground footage videos]

Rush hour chaos as the storm began to peak in intesity at 4:30pm. This footage was shot at Victoria and Broad Street in Regina, Saskatchewan. A winter storm warning is in effect with up to 15cm of snow expected overnight with wind gusts near 70km/hr. Visibility is only a few meters within the city and travel on highways in not at all recommended with zero visibility and quickly accumulating snow drifts. Highways may in fact be shut down after sunset across southern Saskatchewan. Please check the highway hotline for the latest conditions.

UPDATE: Highway #1 is NOW CLOSED between Regina and Moose Jaw as of 5pm
(Reading reports of a crash involving a semi, ambulance and other vehicles on highway #1, stay tuned to the #skstorm feed in the right hand column for up to the second reports)



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:

Friday, January 10, 2014

Thick Fog Downtown Regina, Saskatchewan at 4pm

With a major warm up this week, today steady at 8C and 93% humidity, thick fog has made highway driving very dangerous as frost accumulated on the roads and visibility is reduced. This is expected to change to heavy snow for some areas on Saturday as a big system crosses the Rocky Mountains. Snowfall warnings and advisories are now in place for much of southern BC. Saturday's latest forecast calls for temperatures to rise near 0C with light snow and gusty winds. This may be upgraded depending on the track of the storm. Stay Safe!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Iqaluit Super Blizzard Update

With a reported 141km/hr wind gust and sustained winds over 100km/hr for the last 6 hours, Environment Canada has detailed a warning for the areas affected in Canada's north eastern territory of Nunavut. They are saying the center of the storm is expected to go over the capital region of Iqaluit tonight and winds should ease overnight but then re-fire in full intensity in the morning. Power has been going on and off in the region with roofs and building being torn apart. Many residents using twitter to update the world on this incredible weather phenomenon. Not the first time they get Super Blizzards but many saying it is the most powerful in many years.

CBC As It Happens posted this video from the scene this afternoon:

You can view tweets as they come in from the search term "Iqaluit" here:

Read the current warning from Environment Canada here

Power Out In Iqaluit, Nunavut - 135km/hr Blizzard Winds Reported!

Pray for those hunkered down in Iqaluit, NU the power has gone out and they are in the middle of a super blizzard with 140km wind gusts.The forecast says its only just started in Iqaluit and these winds (120 to 140 km/hr) will last for 2 days!

Here is someone I found tweeting from the storm:

Already damage being reported via Facebook:
Next doors shed flown away! Stay safe.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Snow Storm Today!

Heavy blowing snow today across southern Saskatchewan. Windchill warnings for the north, winter storm warnings for the south. The snow has eased up somewhat in Regina but winds have really picked up, now gusting over 50km/hr. Super cold temperatures are to follow this weekend, windchills may be as low as -55C in northern Saskatchewan. Stay tuned! More footage being uploaded now...