Funnel clouds were spotted Saturday afternoon in parts of southern Saskatchewan. Dan Fulton with Environment Canada says they were alerted to the funnel clouds beginning around 2:30 P.M.
He says these clouds were swirling just below the cloud base.
“They typically form when there is instability in the atmosphere – not much though,” Fulton said. “And rotation. Conditions must have been perfect. They were very good anyway, for funnel clouds yesterday because there were many sightings in Saskatchewan and Alberta.”
He says there was lots of rotation in the atmosphere yesterday, which is likely why there were so many reports.
“They don’t usually touch the ground,” Fulton said. “They’re usually just a little way down from the cloud base. Usually the conditions are much different from the days when you are expecting tornadoes.”
Fulton says conditions were right for the sightings because of that rotation in the atmopshere.
“There wasn’t a whole bunch of instability in the air, yesterday – or today, for that matter,” Fulton said. “So you’re not really expecting any tornadoes, or anything like that. But you can see funnel clouds. Saskatchewan is a good place to see them, because there is a lot of sky.”
The clouds were sighted at:
- 2:33 near Lashburn
- 2:37 Caronport
- 3:27 Revenue
- 4:10 near Canora
- 4:43 Handel
Sunday’s weather in Regina and most of southern Saskatchewan calls for another possibility of thundershowers.
Then we’re expected mostly sunny conditions, with temperatures hovering between 27C and 23C.