An Environment Canada scientist reports that the "first verified" tornado of the year has touched down in an area west of Edmonton, Alberta.
Dave Sills took to Twitter to explain that the tornado caused "minor damage — sheds tossed a short distance, fencing down, a few trees damaged" — and was "most likely a 'landspout,'" defined by The Why Files as "a tornado that, unlike most tornadoes, is not associated with the mesocyclone of a thunderstorm."
The tornado was first spotted yesterday by residents, according to meteorologist Kyle Cleary. CTV News reports that Environment Canada has recorded the meteorological event as a "verified tornado."
TL;DR Environment Canada received reports of a tornado that touched down west of Edmonton, Alberta. According to one meteorologist, this was the first "verified" tornado this year.
"An eyewitness report indicates that the tornado caused damage to a property, including knocking down 30 metres of fencing and tossing two sheds. This was considered a landspout tornado that was generated by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds or weak thunderstorms," the Environment Canada report reads.
"Landspout tornadoes do not usually cause significant damage but can still be dangerous. They can be strong enough to topple trees, damage roofs, or toss debris short distances."
The agency is now asking the public to submit photos and videos of the event. Canadians can submit reports by calling 1-800-239-0484 or emailing ABstorm(at)canada.ca.
According to Accuweather, tornado season peaks in June and July in Canada. An April twister is not unprecedented, however.
The Weather Network explains that Canadian tornadoes are usually concentrated in the Prairies. Though, last year, a tornado that occurred during a period of intense summer storms caused major damage in Southern Quebec.
Another tornado hit Ottawa and Gatineau in September of 2018.
Stay tuned for more weather news.