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Grapefruit-sized hail falls across part of southern Alberta Saturday

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Saturday’s storm causing all kinds of damage across a large swath of southern Alberta.

Environment Canada (EC) saying there were at least three areas with tornado reports including Taber, the County of Warner and just southeast of Calgary. There is no confirmation however, that any of the twisters actually touched down.

The weather office also stating some of the massive hail which fell ranged from nickel to quarter sized in Calgary and Enchant, to golf ball sized in Barnwell and Taber, to the size of grapefruits near Dutchess north of Brooks.

Some regions saw in excess of 70 mm of rainfall in just over two hours as well Saturday night, causing localized flooding.

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The Insurance Bureau of Canada says anyone who experienced property damage from this storm should reach out to their insurance representative to understand their exact coverage.

Summary from EC of hail measured in millimetres:

  • Duchess: 100 – Grapefruit
  • NE Calgary: 54 to 61 – Bigger than hen egg to tennis ball
  • Calgary: 21 to 24 – Widespread nickel to quarter
  • Barnwell: 45 – Golf ball
  • Balzac: 38 – Walnut/ping pong
  • Cochrane: 21 to 24 – Nickel to quarter
  • Enchant: 21 – Nickel
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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