Environment Canada has confirmed four more tornadoes touched down across Saskatchewan Tuesday, in what’s been a week full of active weather across the prairies.
Two tornadoes were confirmed on Monday.
Meteorologist Shannon Moodie said all the confirmed touchdowns on Tuesday were later in the afternoon.
“The first one was about 15 kilometers west of Golden Prairie. The second one in the late afternoon was just northeast of Val Marie. Then there were two that were pretty close to Wood Mountain in the early evening,” said Moodie.
Moodie also said the two tornadoes near Wood Mountain are said to have been large in size, but as of Tuesday morning they’ve received no pictures or reports of damage, and therefore have to rate the twisters as EF-zeros for the time being, but estimated winds were between 90 and 130 kilometers per hour according to weather summaries.
Swift Current Storm Chaser Craig Hilts tweeted this near Wood Mountain Tuesday night:
Tough chase day for me. Made some bad calls and put myself in bad positions for pictures. Should have just driven to my initial target Wood Mountain, SK. Caught this there. #skstorm pic.twitter.com/Tf89xGuKIt
— Craig Hilts (@CraigHilts71) July 11, 2018
While pictures or video would be much appreciated by Environment Canada, Moodie is also happy to see it appears everyone was looking out for their own safety first.
“Always safety first,” Moodie said. “If you’re near a tornado definitely head for shelter, get out of your car and into a ditch, keep yourself safe first. Nature is beautiful, but we want to highlight that peoples safety is always number one,” said Moodie.
The cold front that sparked Tuesday’s active weather has moved into Manitoba, leaving the risk of funnel clouds and severe thunderstorm activity isolated to east central Saskatchewan later on Wednesday.
Heat Warnings have also been dropped across the the province, but Rainfall Warnings are now in effect further north for La Ronge, Prince Albert National Park, Narrow Hills Provincial Park, Pelican Narrows, and surrounding areas.