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Severe weather investigators confirm tornado touchdown near Barnwell

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Environment Canada has now confirmed a tornado did indeed touchdown last weekend as part of a series of storms here in southern Alberta.

After an investigation, the weather office says a twister resulted from a supercell thunderstorm just before 8:00 pm Saturday night (June 13) about 10 km south of Barnwell.

That storm triggered an Alberta Emergency Alert.

The tornado was the smallest on the scale rated as an EF-0 with wind speeds between 90 and 130 km/h.

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Besides impacts to crops in the region due to large hail, there was no additional damage reported.

Additionally, there were reports of a possible tornado in Calgary on the evening of June 13, 2020. The information of this event has been reviewed, and it’s been determined it was only a funnel cloud, and not a tornado.

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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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