2013 CHASE DIARY






ARTICLE (April 13) - More Cameras for Sask. Highway Hotline

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Mon. Aug 26
THUNDERSTORM OVER YORKTON
Yorkton was treated to a beautiful Thunderstorm around 9:30 pm. It was nice just to sit back and enjoy!

A few PHOTOS of the day:
Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5



Sat. Aug 24
WAS ASKED TO BE ON "STORM WATCH" FOR:



Wed. Aug 7
Was a GUEST on SASKATCHEWANWEATHER.CA - Podcast



Mon. Aug 5
SEVERE WARNED STORM FROM ROULEAU to ASSINIBONIA - LAST Chase of the Season (Before Snow)
There was a Tornado Warned storm flowing North into Saskatchewan from Montana. I decided that our first destination target would be Moose Jaw. Along the way, noticed some activity on Radar South of Regina, so we ended up heading down Hwy #6 towards ??Rouleau where I seen a small line that had "potential" to form into a Shelf Cloud. We sat close to 30 minutes or more as it formed into the biggest Shelf Cloud I have personally ever seen to date !! That storm produced some heavy rain, wind and some hail. From there, headed down towards Assiniboia? where we ended up calling it a day and went back to Regina to "celebrate" the season with ARBY'S lol !!!
The Crew:
Chris Flasko (Driver Extraordinaire), Katie Vickers (Visuals on Sky, Photographer and luckily had a different Phone provider so we could keep the stream alive in Manitoba) & Myself (Radars, Social Media, Photographer & Yorkton Storm Hunter)

A few PHOTOS of the day:
Photo 1 | Photo 2 - (Birth of the Shelf Cloud) | Photo 3 - Intense Shelf Cloud | Photo 4 | Photo 5 | Photo 6

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO


Mon. July 29
SEVERE WARNED STORM from WROXTON, SK. to RUSSELL MB
The day started out fairly slow as I didn't even plan on going out Storm Spotting originally. About 3:00 pm decided to head out and see what's going in the sky as there were some areas that became Severe Warned. Along with Myself, and driver Chris Flasko, we had a new guest with us: amateur photographer, Brandon Crane.
Decided to head towards Wroxton, Sk. first and then onto Churchbridge where we did find some rotation amungst a thunderstorm but nothing produced from it. After that, headed past Churchbridge and then off to Russell MB where we were pleasantly surprised by meeting up with the DOMINATOR 3 yet again, but this time they had Meteorologist and Extreme Storm Chaser, REED TIMMER along with them :)
He was with the crew of Sean Schofer, Mike Scantlin & Connor Mcconnors.

The chase day ended up being a little bit of a bust but was worth it at the end lol !!

A few PHOTOS of the day:
Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 (Myself, The Dominator 3 & Reed Timmer's Truck) | Photo 4 (My Storm Car and Reed Timmer)

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO


Mon. July 21
TORNADO WARNED STORM FROM REDVERS SK to KILLARNEY MB - 1ST OFFICIAL STREAM on TVN WEATHER
July 21 was a Great Chase Day! To begin with, this was the 1st OFFICIAL Storm Stream that Yorkton Storm Hunter did on TVN WEATHER.
Our 1st Destination was Redvers SK and then off to OXbow. Folling that, live streamed a Funnel Cloud near Carnduff and then headed towards Melita MB where the storm was Tornado Warned. Drove past Deloriaine MB where we caught an AWESOME Shelf Cloud (and seen a Cougar in the ditch below) and up to Killarney MB before calling it a day!
11 hours on the road and 1st OFFICIAL Chase on TVNweather = EPIC!!
The Crew:
Chris Flasko (Driver Extraordinaire), Katie Vickers (Visuals on Sky, Photographer and luckily had a different Phone provider so we could keep the stream alive in Manitoba) & Myself (Radars, Social Media, Photographer & Yorkton Storm Hunter)

A few PHOTOS of the day:
Photo 1 - Funnel Cloud | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO


Mon. July 15
TORNADO WARNED STORM FROM REGINA TO ESTEVAN
The day started of with this post from The Weather Network's chief meteorologist Chris Scott tweeted Monday morning:
"'Oklahoma-style' t-storms for Saskatchewan today ... Likely will be the most violent storms in N. America, possibly the world."

With that said I gathered my team together being Chris Flasko (Driver), Katie Vickers (2nd set of Visuals and Photographer) and myself and began by heading to Regina and then South on #6 Highway where we a caught a wild Funnel Cloud. On way way down #6 (sort of closer to Rouleau SK.), ha d a few great photo opportunies of a Rotating Thunderstorm as well as a nice Shelf Cloud - was also passed by the DOMINATOR 3. Then came the hail! At this point we began to head towards Kronau SK. where we were wrapped in some intense rainfall and seen Michael Phelps of STORMSCAPE LIVE TV (One of the Storm Chasing Greats).
At about 5:15 pm, we were then on route to Weyburn SK. as I posted a Message for my Social Media followers back home at Yorkton, SK. to be safe as a Storm was near by. Followed some cells, got some more cool photos and also seen again and this time stopped to visit Michael Phelps. From there, headed towards Estevan SK. where the storms stayed in the USA so we ended up turning back and calling it a great day!

A few PHOTOS of the day:
Photo 1 - WARNING from TV | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5 | Photo 6 | Photo 7 |

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO


Sat. July 13
CHASING from WHITEWOOD SK. to TORNADO and PLOW WIND STRUCK TOWN of PIPESTONE MB
Active Chase day to say the least!! I didn't have my driver so that my my job for the day (on top of tracking the Weather patterns when pulled over). So Katie Vickers and I set up towards our first target being Carlyle Sk. As we got closer on HWY #9, we get stuck right in the middle of an intense Hail Storm that lasted for several minutes and as we pulled over, we were passed by the DOMINATOR 3.
Once that was said an done, we were on our way down HWY #13 to get to Redvers SK. when I noticed the sky on my side of the car turned bright white and all of a sudden a TORNADO formed right on the highway! Knowing that nobody was behind me, hit the breaks and backed up to stay at a safe distance.It went across the road, into the ditch and began to hit the field as it dissolved. All while I was backing up. The people watching the stream got to enjoy it, but we got no photos of it. Called it into Environment Canada and continued on with the next target being PIPESTONE MB.
Tragic to see what happened as PIPESTONE MB. was hit by a TORNADO (possibly 2) as well as a PLOW WIND literally 7-10 minutes or so before we got there. The rain and winds I had to drive through was like nothing I have ever experienced!
Upon arriving at Pipestone MB, noticed that there were bails on the highway, a few Grain Bins literally shredded right up, powerlines down, a Semi flipped and structural damage in the town.
I did not take any photos of the town to respect their privacy at that time.


A few PHOTOS of the day:
Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5 | Photo 6 | Photo 7 | Photo 8 |

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO


Tues. July 8
NEWEST MEMBER OF TVNWEATHER.COM
I got a very cool email first thing in the morning and as of right now I, as "Yorkton Storm Hunter" have been asked and gratefully accepted to be LIVE STREAMING on the BIGGEST Network, along side with the BEST Storm Chasers/Spotter in the friggin WORLD!
As soon as I get everything fully set-up (about 90% there), when I am out Storm Spotting, my Live Stream will be see on TVN WEATHER !!!


Sat. July 6
CHASING @ WROXTON, KAMSACK, CHURCHBRIDGE - TORNADO(S) SPOTTED!!
What an awesome Storm Spotting day I had on July 6!! It began with being in the Yorkton Parade as the Severe Thunderstorm warning was issued. Within seconds of finishing, Chris Flasko (who was the awesome driver so I could focus on the radars and track the weather path), headed out towards the Melville area where Owen Parker sent me in a tip of a wild Shelf Cloud. We caught up the shelf and got some great shots. From there headed towards Churchbridge and picked up the rest of the crew (aka Katie Vickers). At that point was Wroxton bound and then to the Kamsack direction where we then met up with Owen and decided to work as a Unit for the rest of the day.
Kamsack bound - was wild!! About 10-15 kms down, we were in a Rain Wrap and there were 3 other funnels going up and down all at the same time!! The wind strength and rain was just insane!!
When I called into EC, it was funny as I said We have 2 funnels and I am currently watching a Tornado in front of me, the lady was like what do you see now?
Me: Another Funnel Behind Me!!! lol

Special THANKS to go out to Chris for the awesome driving, Katie for helping keep an eye on the sky on the other side of the car lol and for Owen who gave some great Weather tips along the journey!!

A few PHOTOS of the day:
Photo 1 - TORNADO | Photo 2 - TORNADO | Photo 3 - TORNADO | Photo 4 | Photo 5 | Photo 6

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO - The Storm Day & Tornado

TORNADO(S)


Wed. July 3
TORNADO WARNED - FAST BUT POWERFUL STORM THROUGH YORKTON
One of my easiest chase days to date! Around 7:30 pm I noticed some purple forming on Environment Canada's Foxwarren Radar. I grabbed my items and head out a short 5 minutes from my house:)
I parked right across from the Yorkton History Museum and watched this beautiful, vibrant and FAST approaching Shelf Cloud as it ripped right through the city. There were about 2-3 different Funnel Clouds spotted - no reports of any touching down.

A few PHOTOS of the day:
Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5 | Photo 6 |

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO


Wed. June 19
CHASING @ SWIFT CURRENT - MAPLE CREEK AREA AGAIN
What a great chase day on !! Notanee Bourassa (who taught us all a lot of weather related info along the journey), Tia Griep, Braden Kowal and myself headed out towards the Swift Current & Maple Creek area aroung 5:30pm. We had some issues with the Live Stream as we were streaming through Notanee's "TEAM RAIDEN" on the TVN Network and also streamed through SEVERE STUDIOS. Started off Great with an awesome Rotating Shelf Cloud right over Regina. From there we ventured towards the Swift Current/Maple Creek area where we met up with Extreme Tornado Tours !!
After that, caught a late night and LOW shelf cloud before calling it a night (after 11:00 pm)!

A few of the better shots of the day:
Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5 | Photo 6

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO - ROTATING SHELF CLOUD over REGINA, SK. CANADA

VIDEO TAKEN by Notanee Bourassa


Fri. June 7
CHASING @ SWIFT CURRENT - MAPLE CREEK AREA
WOW ... what an awesome day!!! Began by leaving Yorkton at around 9am and heading towards my 1st target - Swift Current. From there planned to go towards Medicine Hat where near the border got NAILED hard with heavy rain and hail. Following that seen a Massive storm cell in which the Echo Tops of it was over 40,000 feet according to NAV Canada. From there headed to Maple Creek where we seen a Funnel Cloud. After that, headed North on Hwy 21 toward Golden Prairie where the lighting was Awesome!! At that point it was beginning to get dark so we headed back to Swift Current (11pm) where we streamed an Awesome Lightning Show!!

MANY THANKS to all the viewers and to all those who helped me out along the Journey ... Notanee Bourassa (Weather Jedi), Nick Schenher (for the directional aids), Jared Mysko (tips via Twitter), Katie Vickers (for texting in Weather Reports when I had no/bad service), Shane Armstrong (for texting Weather Tips), Braden Kowal (for texting all the jokes) ... What an AWESOME Spotter/Chaser community to pull together like we all did today!

A few of the better shots of the day:
Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5 | Photo 6 | Photo 7 | Photo 8

HAIL VIDEO
HIGHLIGHT VIDEO


Sun. May. 27
9+ HOUR CHASE THROUGH THE PRAIRIES
May 27 was a good chasing day for the Yorkton Storm Hunter with guest Katie Vickers.
At about 1pm the chase was on as we headed towards Theodore and then from there Ituna (where we found an old Pioneer Farmstead - great photo shooting there). From there headed to Fort Qu'Appelle and then onto Indian Head followed by Qu'Appelle. At that point, headed back to Fort Qu'Apelle and then home. I am pretty sure I am missing a couple town names, but after driving for 9 hours, that can be expected :)
A few of the better shots of the day:
Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO


Wed. May. 22
The YORKTON STORM HUNTER made it to the FRONT PAGE of the newspaper "YORKTON THIS WEEK"
Just AWESOME ... The YORKTON STORM HUNTER made it to the FRONT PAGE with a great article by Calvin Daniels!!!
Begining (I think next week), there will be a weekly "Storm Photo Of The Week" for the rest of the 2013 Storm Season.
Special Thanks to Calvin Daniels, Neil and the Staff at YORKTON THIS WEEK
- VIEW ARTICLE HERE -


Sun. May. 19
7+ HOUR CHASE TODAY
Just got back home (1:30'ish am) from a LONG day Storm Chasing (7+ hours) with guests Katie Vickers & Chris Flasko ... didn't find too much but it was my fault for leaving late haha! Ended up near the US Border at Carievale (South/East corner of Sk.) , then headed home. Went through some powerful winds, heavy downpour and some hail (The hail was just West of Carievale about 9:30 - 10:00pm)
Got a video of the hail, but was too dark and can't see nothing. Overall, Good Day! :)


Tues. May. 14
FINISHED FILMING AN EPISODE OF "TALK OF THE TOWN - YORKTON STORM HUNTER SPECIAL" for Access Channel #7
The show begins to AIR on MONDAY JUNE 10 @ 8:00am, 2:00pm and 5:00pm


Sat. Apr. 27
!!! NEW CAR DECALS !!!

I want to give a Special Thanks to Auto-Trim Signs for the awesome Decal work and to Haas Nissan for the Sponsorship!!



Tues. April 30
SNOW STORM - YORKTON & AREA
Poor visibility and road conditions around the Yorkton area.

A few PHOTOS of the day:
Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO


Sun. April 7
SNOW STORM - YORKTON & AREA
Poor visibility and road conditions around the Yorkton area.

A few PHOTOS of the day:
Photo 1 | Photo 2

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO


Thurs. March 7
BLOWING SNOW & POOR DRIVING CONDITIONS - EAST OF YORKTON ON HWY #16
Poor visibility and road conditions around the Yorkton area.

a PHOTO of the day:
Photo 1

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO