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Friday, 17 June 2011 13:21

Tornado watch for Brooks; rainfall warning for SC, Herbert, Kyle, Cabri

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Environment Canada warning for severe weather June 17.

 Brooks - Strathmore - Vulcan
12:47 PM MDT Friday 17 June 2011
Tornado watch for

Conditions are favourable for the development of funnel clouds or weak tornadoes. These types of funnel clouds form out of large cumulus clouds or very weak thunderstorms and normally do not have the energy to reach the ground. However one or two of these funnels may briefly touch down and can become destructive over a very small area. Treat all funnel clouds and tornadoes seriously and avoid when possible. Should one develop overhead take shelter until it dissipates. Remember these funnel clouds will normally appear with little or no warning.

Environment Canada continues to monitor the situation closely. Please continue to monitor your local media or weatheradio for further updates.

Should you spot a funnel cloud or tornado...And only if it is safe to do so...You can call 1-800-239-0484 to report your sighting. Please note this phone number is for reporting severe weather only.

Funnel clouds or weak tornadoes are possible over parts of Southern Alberta this afternoon and early evening.

Swift Current - Herbert - Cabri - Kyle - Lucky Lake
1:33 PM CST Friday 17 June 2011
Rainfall warning for
Swift Current - Herbert - Cabri - Kyle - Lucky Lake issued

50 to 75 mm of rain expected today and tonight.

A disturbance, currently pushing into south Central Saskatchewan from Montana, will continue to track northwestward today producing an area of continuous rain with embedded thunderstorms.

Weather radar and surface observations indicate that the greatest rainfall amounts thus far have fallen in an area just east of Milestone southward through Weyburn to the international border and was associated with thunderstorm activity. Within this area the following unofficial amounts have been reported from midnight to 1 PM CST.

Cedeux..............72.1 mm Weyburn.............51.1 mm yellowgrass.........71.4 mm Radville............31.2 mm Other precipitation totals Regina university...47.5 mm Quill Lakes.........20.3 mm This afternoon radar indicated that the heavier precipitation had spread into the Moose Jaw, Assiniboia and outlook regions and was moving northwestward across Saskatoon towards the Battlefords.

Within the rainfall warning area total amounts of 50-75 mm are possible with higher amounts in thunderstorms. Showers and thunderstorms will begin to taper off late this afternoon and this evening over southern regions near the international border and overnight further north.

Environment Canada meteorologists will continue to monitor the situation and will issue updates as necessary.

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