Surprise storm a shocker
Sep 30, 2013 / 1:37 pm
The thunderstorm that blew through the Okanagan on Sunday night took many people by surprise, including those working with Environment Canada who were shocked by the storm’s magnitude.
Local meteorologist Doug Lundquist says it’s very unusual to see that type of storm so late in the season.
“They usually start to diminish around Aug. 15 and they’re completely gone by Sept. 15, so that came very late in the season,” he says.
According to Environment Canada, winds gusted up 65 kilometres per hour in Kelowna, bringing with it hail and lightning. Power outages were reported up and down the Okanagan Valley and snow was seen on the Okanagan Connector.
“That deep low pressure from the coast, crossed into the interior overnight. And when the cold front associated with that whole system crossed the Okanagan, it gave us the energy we needed for those intense thunderstorms.”
Lundquist believes the worst to be over, but says there is a chance for another, less severe storm this afternoon.
“Today, the air mass over us is really cold, and there is some sun, so we might get a thundershower,” he says.
“It wouldn’t be of the strength that we saw overnight – it would be a lot weaker, if we get any at all.”
He also notes that its officially winter driving season for those places at higher elevations and motorists should check road reports on a day-to-day basis before doing any travelling.
Our readers also responded to our request for storm stories:
Dawne Radcliffe reports, "We had a tree come down in our backyard in the North Glenmore area . . .not sure if it was a lightening strike or strong winds."
Dede Schmid writes, "At 2 a.m. we were woke by the storm, we had our daughter scared in our room, we had to close the window because of how loud it was. As we were closing the window there was a CRAZY lightning strike, looked like it touched the ground. Seconds later the power went out, I'm on Hardie Rd. off Rutland, it flickered on and off three times and stayed off, the lightning was back to back the hail was crazy."
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