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"Air bus" testing Regina's air

The Saskatchewan Air Monitoring Laboratory was on display at the Legislature Wednesday as the Ministry of Environment celebrates Clean Air day.

The “air bus” was purchased by the province in 2008 to help reach parts of the province that aren’t reachable by six other fixed air monitoring systems in Saskatchewan. Since then, it has reached over 40 locations, most recently conducting a year-long study on the quality of air in Regina.

Environment Canada predicts Sask summer 'not too hot but not too cold'

After a record-breaking cold snowy winter and a spring that seemed to skip straight into summer, Environment Canada’s chief meteorologist is taking his best shot at Saskatchewan’s summer forecast.

Dave Phillips says June will start off a bit cooler than we might expect after reaching close to 30 degrees at the beginning of May.

“Tend to favour normal to a little bit cooler than normal but things towards the end of June warming up,” he commented.

Maple Creek man films funnel cloud touching down on Sunday

There are reports of a funnel cloud touching down south of Maple Creek on Sunday afternoon.

Perry Windjack and his son Brodie were heading home to their farm around 4:00 p.m. when they saw a dark, fast – moving cloud a few miles away.

“It kept getting lower and lower and that’s when we realized that it had the potential to be something more than just a cloud,” he explained.

His 21-year-old son started filming with his phone out the window – becoming an impromptu storm chaser.

VIDEO: Sask. tornado hunter caught in El Reno storm

Sometimes even a storm chaser gets caught.

Saskatchewan weather journalist, storm chaser, and self-proclaimed tornado hunter Greg Johnson was in Oklahoma Friday afternoon plying his craft. His tracking team was shooting footage of a storm just south of the city of El Reno, a suburb of Oklahoma City.

Johnson recalled his experience just moments after it happened in a conversation with CJME news.

"The tornado dramatically increased in size and violent nature... and unfortunately we were caught right in the middle of it," he said.

VIDEO: High winds damage bank in downtown Regina

High winds caused some damage to a downtown bank in Regina Friday afternoon.

Witnesses reported seeing fluorescent lights falling from the TD Canada building around 2:30 p.m. The lights had apparently dislodged from a sign at the top of the northeast corner of the building. The banner could be seen flapping in the wind throughout the late afternoon. The sidewalk below had been closed off for repairs prior to the incident and no injuries were reported.

South Sask gets heavy rain

Parts of Southeastern Saskatchewan got caught in a downpour Thursday and Friday after a rainfall warning was issued for areas around Assiniboia, Estevan, and Carlyle.
 
Some of the hardest hit areas, like Radville, got 75 to 100 millimetres of rain. But the average was 25 to 50 millimetres.
 
However, most of the downpour was finished by late Friday morning.
 

Heavy rainfall possible for Southern Saskatchewan before the weekend

Anyone planning to spend times outdoors in Southern Saskatchewan Thursday and Friday might need to consider a rain check - literally.

Environment Canada says heavy rain is in store for almost all of southern Saskatchewan. The affected area includes everything south of the Trans-Canada highway to the US border.  Regina, Moose Jaw, Estevan, and Shaunavon are just a few of the cities expected to see between one and three inches of rain over the two days.

Regina placed under thunderstorm watch

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Regina

In a release early this afternoon, Environment Canada warned of the potential for storms, large hail and damaging winds.

A trough of low pressure moving across Southern Saskatchewan combined with daytime heating were cited as factors likely to contribute to strong thunderstorms late aftrnoon or early evening on Sunday.

Meanwhile, on Saturday night, Lloydminster was the victim of major thunderstorms and hail. See pictures gathered from Twitter below.

UPDATED: Severe thunderstorm watch ended for Saskatoon

A severe thunderstorm watch has now ended for Saskatoon.

In a release early this afternoon, Environment Canada warned of the potential for storms, large hail and damaging 90 kilometres per hour winds.

A trough of low pressure moving across Southern Saskatchewan combined with daytime heating were cited as factors likely to contribute to strong thunderstorms late aftrnoon or early evening on Sunday.

A severe thunder storm in the Allan and Colonsay area had numerous cars pulled over on Highway 16 on Sunday evening around 5 p.m.

SaskPower bills jumping in the spring thanks to snowy winter

Some home owners are paying the price for an excessively snowy winter, seeing their monthly power bill rise dramatically.

A SaskPower customer recently passed along a bill that jumped from $11 dollars the previous month to $200.

Tyler Hopson with SaskPower says that kind of fluctuation is extremely rare. However variations can happen for a number of reasons, including if someone hasn't cleared a path to their meter and SaskPower workers can't get through to check the numbers.

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