Alberta records its first tornado of 2023, Canada

After devastating wildfires and huge amounts of smoke released into the atmosphere, the Canadian province of Alberta recorded its first tornado of 2023 on May 31, touching down in Botha, Alberta.

There were no injuries reported.

For the country in general, the 2023 tornado season got off to a bit of a late start, with the country’s first tornado of the year touching down on Saturday, May 27 in Saskatchewan.

This marked the latest in the season the country has recorded its initial tornado in a year since 2015, The Weather Network reports.

The twister occurred approximately 6 km (3.7 miles) SE of Regina, Saskatchewan. While the tornado was given a preliminary rating of EF-0 by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) designated it an EF-1 after inspecting the damage it caused at a nearby farm. It had maximum wind speeds of 150 km/h (93 mph), with debris flung up to 2.5 km (1.5 miles) NNE of the site.

Featured image credit: The Weather Network

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