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Only halfway through ‘peak season,’ Alberta has had a year’s worth of tornadoes

Environment Canada confirms a tornado touched down near Crossfield.
Environment Canada confirms a tornado touched down near Crossfield. Courtesy: Anthony Ritcey

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) confirmed a weak EF0 tornado touched down two kilometres northeast of Crossfield at around 2:15 p.m. Sunday, marking the 12th confirmed twister of the season.

READ MORE: Tornado warning issued after funnel cloud spotted in Crossfield

In its weather summary Sunday night, Environment Canada reported a holiday trailer had been destroyed after it flipped over. It estimated wind speeds associated with this tornado were probably between 90 and 130 km/h.

A damaged trailed near Crossfield, AB where a tornado touched down Sunday, July 14, 2019.
A damaged trailed near Crossfield, AB where a tornado touched down Sunday, July 14, 2019. Hector Chaparro / Global News

According to the weather agency, Alberta typically sees an average of 15 tornadoes per year with the peak season starting mid-to-late June and ending early-to-mid August.

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So far in 2019, there have been 12 confirmed tornadoes in Alberta and three probable ones. There have also been many reports of funnel clouds.

The first tornado occurred on April 24, 2019 near Peers, Alta. which is quite early for a twister in Alberta.

READ MORE: Possible tornado in central Alberta elicits call for photos

Since 1984, the busiest tornado season was in 1988 when there were 26 confirmed tornadoes.

Environment Canada confirms a tornado touched down near Crossfield Sunday.
Environment Canada confirms a tornado touched down near Crossfield Sunday. Courtesy: i.m.ruzz.
Confirmed tornado touches down near Crossfield.
Confirmed tornado touches down near Crossfield. Courtesy: Kelly Nelson Enders
Confirmed tornado touches down near Crossfield.
Confirmed tornado touches down near Crossfield. Courtesy: Jenny
Confirmed tornado touches down near Crossfield.
Confirmed tornado touches down near Crossfield. Courtesy: Michelle Salm
Confirmed tornado touches down near Crossfield.
Confirmed tornado touches down near Crossfield. Courtesy: Stephanie Guenette
Confirmed tornado touches down near Crossfield.
Confirmed tornado touches down near Crossfield. Courtesy: Chantel Lynn McArthur
Confirmed tornado touches down near Crossfield.
Confirmed tornado touches down near Crossfield. Courtesy: Mitchell McLellan
The damage following a tornado near Crossfield Sunday.
The damage following a tornado near Crossfield Sunday. Courtesy: i.m.ruzz.

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