As a tornado destroyed Joplin, Missouri, yesterday, storm chaser Greg Johnson was in the area chasing other storms.
Johnson wasn't tracking that storm for his own safety, but went to the region on Monday and says he's never seen anything like it, "I was in Arkansas on April 27th for the super out break, the town that I was in was hit, it was devastated as well, but it's not even close to what I'm seeing here in Joplin"
The destruction so far is unheard of says Johnson, "from what we can tell this storm leveled in excess of two thousand structures."
Hold on to your hats, Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for south central Saskatchewan.
The weather office predicts strong southeast winds of 70 gusting to 90 km per hour on Monday in the Swift Current, Moose Jaw and Assiniboia and Coronach areas.
It's all thanks to a low pressure system approaching from the west that's pushing into a ridge of high pressure over Manitoba.
The countdown is on to the unofficial start of summer.
Provincial parks open for the season, this Thursday, and Mary-Anne Wihak with the Ministry of Parks says they're hoping for more warm, windy weather in the next week in the northwest.
"There's still some snow on the ground in some patches and still a bit of ice on the lakes, so we haven't got our boat docks and launches in place for Battlefords Provincial Park or Meadow Lake yet," said Wihak.
Anyone expecting relief from the cold didn’t get it Saturday morning, and likely won’t for the rest of the weekend.
“Wind chill values are still going to be in the -36 C range throughout the day and into tonight as well. They definitely could return to extreme values on Sunday night and into Monday morning. So a blustery start to the work week,” said meteorologist Shannon Bestland with Environment Canada.
Bestland said it’s important to cover up with temperatures that low.
With a cold snap well settled into the province, SaskEnergy has predicted they will set records when it comes to the amount of natural gas use in the province.
The record was previously set on Jan. 18, 2013 when Saskatchewan used 1.18 petajoules.
“That would be about the equivalent of filling just over 2.5 million standard-sized barbecue tanks with natural gas," explained Casey MacLeod, communications officer with SaskEnergy.
Kelvin Sproule is bundled up as he works in the bitter cold at West Wind
Aviation at the Saskatoon airport.
"They're getting ready to tow that 1900 Beechcraft into the hangar so hopefully it doesn't freeze," he said, pointing to other members of the ground crew working on a nearby plane.
As a member of the ground crew, he's making sure planes are fueled, their power charged and the ramp is clear of snow.
"In a 12 hour shift, you're probably out there maybe six hours at a time," he said.
A Regina cat is happy to be back with his family after surviving the recent extreme cold—and they're happy he's alive after being missing for a month.
Misha, a ten-year-old orange house cat, had been missing for weeks. His family had been canvassing their neighbourhood, putting up posters and doing everything they could think of to track him down when he was finally spotted just eight blocks from home. The person who noticed him said he appeared to be frozen to the ground after trying to absorb some heat from a dryer vent.
It’s the kind of cold that makes you shudder before you go outside, your fingers freeze within seconds of exposure and even running from the house to the car makes you want to blast the heat.
But not everyone has that option. So what can winter wimps learn from people who are outside all the time?
Business is about to pick up at Mission Ridge Winter Park and while skiers and boarders don’t depend on natural snow it certainly doesn’t hurt.
Crews are busy making more snow and the park should be ready to open by Saturday. Snow School Director Anders Svenson is confident the opening date will stay the same.
“So far so good. We’re at about 60 per cent of our snow-making right now is complete; we should be about 90 per cent done by the weekend,” he said.
The winter storm that hit south Saskatchewan on Monday wasn't as bad as it was supposed to be, but we didn’t escape complete.
Regina had a few centimetres of snow but areas south and west of the city got a whole lot more. A section of Highway 1 west of Swift Current still has a "travel not advised" warning but the alert that had been issued for areas west of that has now been ended. A travel warning for the Moose Jaw area on Highway 13 has been rescinded as well.