thunderstorm of southern Alberta
Environment Canada – Several hours of severe thunderstorms across much of southern Alberta Environment Canada released several hours of severe thunderstorms across much of southern Alberta on Monday.
If you are starting your garden, you may want to make sure your drapery is easily accessible.
According to the government organization, current weather patterns are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be able to produce torrential rain.
As of around noon, alerts were in place for Okotoks, High River, Claresholm, Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan, Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Sufffield, Lethbridge, Tapper, Milk River, Cypress Hills Provincial Park and Formost.
These types of severe thunderstorms can also produce a thundercloud.
They are often generated by spinning under fast-growing thunderstorms, and do not usually pose a danger near the ground.
With that said, there is a possibility that the circulation will intensify and become a short-lived hurricane.
Environment Canada continues to say that flat tornadoes do not usually cause significant damage but are still serious.
They can be powerful enough to knock down trees, damage roofs, or throw debris a short distance away.
These funnel clouds usually appear with little or no warning, but if one develops near them, prepare to hide.
It’s also possible for hailstorms and strong winds along with heavy rain to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.
Environment Canada reminds those outside on Monday afternoon that “When thunder strikes, go inside!”