Alberta Foothills Weather

May 31

Two more fine days to end May.
After a quiet day yesterday and an almost hot afternoon today, things began to brew in the foothills late afternoon and by 6 a few nice cells were heading east. A severe thunderstorm warning went out for the Airdrie/Crossfield area on a cell that was dropping nickel sized hail(pics 1&3) and ended a few hours later without much ado. Just about everything I saw today had a high base to it, again if there was a base at all, and cells were quick to fall out soon after sprouting.
Perhaps some better stuff tomorrow.
I only had time for a quick peek at the WRF model and it is suggesting better shear, with a southeasterly upslope surface flow,west or southwest upper flow, and more juice in the mix right around here. Would be nice to sit out on the deck and celebrate the arrival of June with a supercell or two.

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7 Responses to “May 31”

  1. 1
    PrairieChaser Says:

    Was choked yesterday that I didn’t get to chase that storm N of Calgary. But if today come’s together I’ll be out on the foothills. I was lucky to get the day off and hopefully we’ll have a good day for chasing. I heard one report yesterday of some golf ball sized hail. Has anyone else heard this report?

    Anyway I’ll end by saying, “Bring on the storms!!”

  2. 2
    Kenny Says:

    Yup. Storms and hail for today along the foothills. Wednesday looks really good for Edmonton so I’m hoping that something will happen. Anyone else hear about the ”Tornado”(is what htey called it on TWN, but I definately say it was a landspout.) touched down in Southern Manitoba just south of Winnipeg and west of Steinbach yesterday. Pretty cool! I think this week will be our turn for some possible weak tornadoes 🙂

  3. 3
    SK Says:

    Yes another tornado for Southern Manitoba. There have been either two or three already this year (the possible second one may have been the first one reported twice, but from a different angle).

    I am about 10 to 20 minutes from where yesterday’s twister touched down, unfortunately I didn’t see anything.

  4. 4
    Anthony Says:

    The thunderstorm that moved just south of Crossfield was very localized late yesterday afternoon. I can confirm that it was marble sized hail, no golf balls, and I checked with 5 different people in crossfield. Airdrie got nothing although we got a nice display of lightning with some good thunder. It carried a bigger whop than it appeared. Unfortunately I was out in the hills 1o miles west of Airdrie planting our garden. Talk about mixed up priorities hey??? 🙂

    Anthony in Airdrie

  5. 5
    PrairieChaser Says:

    Looked to be alot of action NW of Sundre. Hope we get some shots tomorrow. I went out and got nothing at all. Everything I chase died out really quickly. Oh well thats chasing!

  6. 6
    brandon Says:

    was on a tornado warned supercell today in the nebraska panhandle which dropped baseball sized hail. no tornado confirmed, but great structure photos! cant wait to get home…600 miles of driving everyday is getting old…! more fun tomorrow.

  7. 7
    Pat Boomer Says:

    Today was sort of a downer, but the light show we got made up for it a bit.
    Too much southeast wind today?

    hope you guys bag a couple before it’s over brandon!
    can’t wait to see the pics

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