VIDEO: Storm chasers explain appeal as weather watches, warnings blanket Saskatchewan
With the weather activity over the prairies this past few days, Saskatchewan is attracting its fair share of storm chasers.
Kurtis Dulle got a video many storm chasers would have been eager to record. He was working just east of Davidson, loading gravel at around 1 p.m. Tuesday when his boss radioed him to look behind him.
Dulle says he pressed record as the funnel was going back up into the sky. He says before the funnel, there was no rain, or even wind in the area.
But shortly after, lightning and thunder began and they were hit by a downpour. Dulle says it didn't last long, but was scary as it was happening. Scroll down to see his video.
Braydon Morisseau has been watching the skies in the southwest. He is from Alberta and is following a super cell that is moving from the west.
"The cloud can begin rotating and a lowering will form on the back end of the storm and that is where a tornado will form," said Morisseau. (An example from Texas can be seen here.)
The lowering almost looks like a tail, but so far nothing confirmed in Saskatchewan.
Greg Johnson, a Saskatchewan storm chaser, is looking for the portion of cloud that is rotating and has no rain which is where a tornado might form.
Johnson is always seeking out a tornado. The author of the Blown Away says you can do it best in Saskatchewan.
"We have a great road network. We can see for a million miles in all directions. It is just perfect conditions for storm chasing," said Johnson.
But why on earth would you put yourself in the eye of the storm.
Johnson says for him it is "trying to get the ultimate photo or ultimate piece of video to post and I can't think of a better way to do it."
The pictures one gets while storm chasing also appeal to Morisseau.
"(To) give like a grand visual to the Weather Network or Environment Canada so they can issue warnings and help people get to shelter," said Morisseau.
Environment Canada will issue those watches or warnings. A watch means conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms with the potential to produce tornadoes. That's not the same as a warning, which means those conditions are imminent.
Watches and warnings cover Saskatchewan
There is a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Regina and a tornado watch for Moose Jaw, Pense, Saskatoon, Craik, Central Butte, Swift Current, Kyle and Lucky Lake areas among others.
These severe thunderstorms will also have the potential to produce very large hail, flooding rain, deadly lightning and powerful winds.
Environment Canada says that at about 2 p.m. a severe thunderstorm was showing up on its radar near Davidson. It was tracing northeast at 50 kilometres an hour.
Meanwhile, its meteorologists were watching severe thunderstorms morning northeast towards Kindersley. That storm is capable of producing nickel-sized hail and damaging winds gusting more than 90 kilomtres per hour.
At the same time, near the Alberta border by Maple Creek, a thunderstorm was moving northeast toward Golden Prairie and Fox Valley. Large hail, heavy rain and strong winds were likely in that storm.
Environment Canada said at about noon on Tuesday, toonie-sized hail was seen just west of Swift Current. At about 9:30 a.m., golf-ball sized hail was seen west of Consul.
With files from CJME's Sarah Mills.
Video from @kurtisdolle tweeted at about 2 p.m. near Davidson.