Tornado confirmed to have formed near Jenner, AB.

By Brittney Matejka
October 7, 2017 - 6:44pm

JENNER, AB. - Environment & Climate Change Canada confirmed a land spout tornado touched down 15 kilometres southeast of Jenner, AB at 2:50 P.M. this afternoon.

Matt Albers with Environment & Climate Change Canada said their radar confirms the weather pattern.

“We were able to see that there was some small rotation on Doppler radar, and there were some fairly decent thunderstorms moving through the area,” he said.

Albers explained a land spout tornado is fairly unlikely for October, but it could happen.

“Normally, you get really warm temperatures during the summer months. It creates a lot of instability and unstable air to create strong thunderstorms however, today we have a lot of cold air loft, so our temperatures near the surface didn't really have to be that warm to get thunderstorms,” he said.

He explained for the tornado that developed today there was a strong boundary that forced a lot of air together and a thunderstorm moved over top of the boundary where the air meets. This can cause the stretching and spinning of the air to form into a land spout tornado.

“Typically land spout tornado's are about a EF0 but can go a little higher, but typically they are fairly weak and the winds are usually 100 kilometres or less,” he said.

Albers said the weather system has moved out of the area now.

“There might be a chance of some thunderstorms, but for the most part it has moved off to Saskatchewan and the United States,” he explained.

Environment & Climate Change Canada has not received any reports of damage from the tornado at this time.

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