A Game Day Hail Hoopla!

23/08/2019 Posted by admin

So, I just returned from Alberta from a camping trip yesterday and on my way through was noticing some extreme convection occuring south of me in the northern part of Montana and the southern part of  Saskatchewan. I drove on anticipating that we were going to see a booming thunderstorm or two when all of the sudden the Severe Weather Watch went up for most of south Sask with Environment Canada.  I drove back to Regina and with one hour til the Sunday football game I raced into town to find parking to meet Tom Vernon (Global News Reporter) and the wife of Rob Vanstone (Leader Post’s Sports Editor) to watch the Rider Home Opener. I noticed while driving downtown Regina the instability that was directly above me now.  I parked at the Cornwall Center (perfect parking spot out front on 11th Ave) when these clouds I saw rolling in started to produce. Did they ever. The hail that came down was the size of ping pong balls!! I had a small leopard print umbrella that was not doing a real good job at repelling these aggressive ice balls. I was walking down the street under my pointless umbrella, being blown around by some significant  wind gusts, while tweeting the severe weather updates on my iphone. I walked into a wall. Yup.

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The game was great after that first round of thunderstorms (even though they lost to the Eskimos), but that was not all we were in for this humid Sunday. I watched as one picture perfect cell after another blew north of mosaic stadium. The extra cool part of it was that I was way high up in the stands at about 150 feet to get a great view of it all. I felt as if I was being rude by constantly looking at radar and tweeting updates on my phone throughout the entire game…but I coudn’t help but stay tuned to local storm chaser Greg Johnson while he was out chasing as I watched the cells that were building all day in the SW part of the province move slowly north of Regina.

The second round of weather was the making of a classic Mesoscale Convective System aka MCS. This is a complex of thunderstorms that become organized on a scale larger than the individual thunderstorms…kinda like a big blob of storms all linked together feeding off each other. Needless to say when this happens a storm chaser’s day is finished. No chance of tornados…just rain and lots of it. The US plains get a great majority of their rainfall due to these large circular shaped weather blobs!

Here are a few pics from my view at Mosaic stadium yesterday. Some of these cells look like they are out of textbook visually speaking. Also- look at the Mammatus cloud that I saw while walking back to my car before the second large system moved in to the city.

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