Leaves, broken tree branches, and a few puddles still littered the streets Thursday morning after severe storms rolled through southern Saskatchewan on Wednesday.
The wild weather began before sunrise with a hailstorm in Moose Jaw that left ice so thick it looked like snow.
Dark clouds blew in to Saskatoon and Regina quickly mid-way through the afternoon bringing very high wind gusts and heavy rain.
“It actually developed between Kindersley and Rosetown and then what we got was a solid line of thunderstorms that progressed eastward thereafter. The northern part of it clipped through the Saskatoon area and stretched all the way down once again towards Moose Jaw,” explained Mike Russo, meteorologist with Environment Canada.
He said there were reports of ping-pong sized hail near Chaplin and the Parkbank area saw about 50 millimetres or just about two inches of rain.
The storm battered Regina for about 10 minutes bringing intense rain and wind before moving on. The airport weather station recorded wind gusts of 104 kilometres per hour but the total amount of rainfall recorded was only about eight mm or a third of an inch at the University station.
“With these types of storms you can see a lot of variability in the precipitation so I wouldn’t be surprised if different parts of the city saw higher or even lower amounts,” Russo explained.
People took to social media sharing dramatic photos of the rolling storm clouds particularly in the Regina and Moose Jaw region. Russo explained this kind of weather phenomenon is what happens when you get a line of thunderstorms.
“Normally what happens is you get a gust front on the leading edge of the line of thunderstorms and you will see things like roll clouds. As the winds hit the ground, they’ll hit the ground and kind of rotate and you’ll get these rotating clouds on the front edge of the line of thunderstorms.
The system weakened as it tracked eastward towards Oxbow where there were no official reports to Environment Canada about severe weather, although that doesn’t mean there were no areas hit.
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Here is just a teaser of what I saw from the south side of Wascana Lake this afternoon.
4:16pm #skstorm #yqr @WascanaCentre @weathernetwork @TiffanyGlobal @ChristyCBC @KMacTWN
Insane video now being produced… pic.twitter.com/po6nAmnGj7
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