It was a wild Thursday for weather across southern and central Saskatchewan, as a storm system swept through spawning frequent lightning and a few landspout tornadoes.
Two weak tornadoes were spotted around 3:30 p.m. in the province’s southeast. One was caught on video by a farmer near Tyvan, about an hour southeast of Regina, while another was captured by social media users near Esterhazy.
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Environment Canada said landspout tornadoes are less powerful than those generated by super-storm cells, but they can still pose a danger to people.
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People in the path of the storms were also treated to an extended light show.
Environment Canada meteorologist Antoine Petit said the Regina area saw 6,947 lightning strikes Thursday, while Saskatoon saw 2,059.
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May 24th lightning map for the Canadian Prairies.
Lightning strikes count within a 50 km radius of the city:
Brandon 11 756#Winnipeg 3059#Regina 6947
Estevan 3929#MBstorm #SKstorm #ABstorm pic.twitter.com/JxpmRuEdVY
— Antoine Petit (@MeteoAntoine) May 25, 2018
The thunderstorms only provided sporadic rainfall though, barely dampening extremely dry conditions in some areas.
Environment Canada reported only 0.4 millimetres of rain at their gauge in Regina, while Saskatoon saw 3.3 millimetres.
However, the weather agency’s Saskatoon gauge is located at the airport in the city’s north end.
Residents in eastern neighbourhoods reported their rain gauges collected up to 12.5 millimetres of rain from the Thursday evening storm.
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