July 11, 2018 12:36 pm
Updated: July 13, 2018 3:17 pm

Sask. tornado touchdowns in 2018

Sean Schofer caught this beast of a tornado south of Wood Mountain on July 10, 2018.

Sean Schofer/Twitter

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article will be updated throughout the 2018 tornado season.

The summer storm season is underway in Saskatchewan with 16 tornadoes confirmed by Environment Canada, and three possible touchdowns.

Each year about 18 tornadoes are confirmed in the province, though the number of unreported tornadoes — as a result of not being seen — is likely higher.

Tornado season across the Prairies runs from April through to September.

READ MORE: What to do when a tornado touches down in Saskatchewan

Of the 16 confirmed tornadoes that touched down in the province, nine were landspout and seven were supercellular.

A landspout tornado is circulation created by updrafts and heat rising from the surface. The column of swirling air starts on the ground and can build up towards the sky. These tornadoes are usually weak and cause minor damage.

A supercell tornado is produced by supercell storm system or severe thunderstorm. The cell forms a wall cloud which lowers towards the surface and spawns a vortex of violently rotating winds. These tornadoes can be intense, dangerous and cause a lot of damage.

WATCH: Supercell tornado or non-supercell tornado

July 10, 2018: Tornado outbreak

Six supercellular tornadoes touched down on July 10 between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m., the first supercell tornado touched down 15 km west of Golden Prairie, Sask.

Thirty-five minutes later, at 5:05 p.m. there was a supercell tornado 25 km northwest of Val Marie.

Another supercell tornado was spotted at 5:45 p.m northeast of Val Marie, Sask.

A fourth supercell tornado touched down 45 km southwest of Wood Mountain, Sask. around 6:25 p.m. and was on the ground for 10 minutes.

The fifth supercell tornado was the strongest, and stayed on the ground for over 30 minutes. It touched down 20 km south of Wood Mountain, Sask. at 6:45 p.m.

A sixth supercell tornado was confirmed 6 km north of the Canada-U.S border crossing, southeast of Coronach, around 7:30 p.m.

No damage was reported with any of these tornadoes, therefore they have all been ranked as EF-0.

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July 9, 2018: Landspout and supercell tornadoes

There were three confirmed and one possible tornadoes on the afternoon of July 9.

A landspout tornado touched down near Cantuar, Sask. around 3:20 p.m.

Another landspout tornado was confirmed north of Swift Current, no time was specified.

A brief supercellular tornado was recorded near Herbert, Sask. around 4:10 p.m.

There was a possible landspout tornado near Coronach, Sask. around 5:30 p.m., but at this time there is insufficient evidence to confirm that a tornado has touched down.

No damage was reported with any of these tornadoes, therefore they have all been ranked as EF-0.

WATCH: Tornado damages Sask. ranch near Wood Mountain

July 3, 2018: Landspout tornado

A landspout tornado was spotted near Otthon, Sask. for about a minute on July 3.

Environment Canada confirmed the touch down was between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and because there was no damage, the tornado was ranked an EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

June 29, 2018: Possible landspout tornado

A possible landspout tornado was reported in the early afternoon on June 29 near Carlyle, Sask.

Environment Canada says there is insufficient evidence to confirm the touch down.

READ MORE: Be prepared to deal with emergency situations in Saskatchewan

June 24, 2018: Landspout tornado

A landspout tornado was reported near Brownlee, Sask. on June 24.

Environment Canada did rank the tornado as an EF-0 with no damage recorded.

June 23, 2018: Landspout tornado

Environment Canada confirmed a landspout tornado touched down around at 5:40 p.m. near Griffin, Sask. on June 23.

It was reportedly on the ground for about 11 minutes and with no damage recorded, the tornado was ranked an EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

READ MORE: Landspout tornado spotted rolling over southeastern Saskatchewan

May 26, 2018: Possible landspout tornado

A possible landspout tornado was reported on May 26 near Kronau, Sask. however there is insufficient evidence to confirm the touch down.

May 25, 2018: Landspout tornado

The tornado was spotted on May 25 at 4:30 p.m. near Aylsham, Sask. and was on the ground for a quick 2 minutes before retreating.

With no damage reported, Environment Canada ranked the landspout an EF-0.

May 24, 2018: Two landspout tornadoes

Two tornadoes touched down in southeast Saskatchewan on May 24.

One landspout tornado touched down near Gerald, Sask., roughly 90 kilometres southeast of Yorkton, around 3:20 p.m.

Another landspout tornado touched down at 4 p.m near Tyvan, Sask., around 80 kilometres southeast of Regina.

Both tornadoes spent around 5 minutes on the ground were ranked EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with no damage reported.

READ MORE: Environment Canada confirms 2 landspout tornadoes in southern Sask.

May 22, 2018: Landspout tornado

At 4:40 p.m. on May 22, two strong outflow boundaries collide northwest of Regina forming a small thunderstorm.

This thunderstorm intensified and eventually produced an EF-0 tornado that touched down for barely a minute .

If you spot a funnel cloud or tornado, report it to Environment Canada by calling 1-800-239-0484, sending an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweeting to #SKstorm.

READ MORE: EF-2 tornado severely damages home in southeast Saskatchewan

Tornado tally: past 10 years

  • 2017: 10 tornadoes
  • 2016: 14 tornadoes
  • 2015: 2 tornadoes
  • 2014: 9 tornadoes
  • 2013: 17 tornadoes
  • 2012: 33 tornadoes
  • 2011: 7 tornadoes
  • 2010: 11 tornadoes
  • 2009: 6 tornadoes
  • 2008: 17 tornadoes

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