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Lethbridge region, southern Alberta hammered by damaging wind

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Powerful chinook winds took their toll across southern Alberta Wednesday (Jan. 13) flipping semis, downing trees, and cutting power to thousands of people.

What’s referred to as an Alberta clipper system blew the region with extreme gusts recorded.

The strongest wind was just east of Lethbridge with an Environment Canada weather station at Barnwell clocking a gust at 137 km/h. That is hurricane force wind. In fact someone’s personal weather station at their home in Taber reported a gust at 145 km/h.

At the Lethbridge Airport, the wind topped out at 120 km/h.

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Power was knocked out to several areas of the city as well as for people living in rural communities in the area too. It took crews about two or three hours to get the lights back on. That even forced some school divisions to send kids home early.

Environment Canada had issued wind warnings for all of southern Alberta with the potential for dangerous gusts. Some of the wind gusts on Wednesday were also record-setting by January standards.

The strong weather system moved into Saskatchewan and Manitoba causing strong wind, freezing rain, and blizzard conditions for those provinces.

The following are peak wind gusts Wednesday in km/h from Environment Canada:

  • Barnwell – 137 (all time January record)
  • Onefour – 122 (all time January record)
  • Grassy Lake – 122
  • Lethbridge – 120
  • Iron Springs – 120
  • Blood Tribe – 119 (all time January record)
  • Fincastle – 115 (all time January record)
  • Irvine – 115
  • Bow Island – 113 (ties all time January record)
  • Milk River – 111 (all time January record)
  • Waterton – 111
  • Medicine Hat – 109
  • Wrentham – 109
  • Seven Persons – 109
  • Stavely – 107
  • Claresholm – 104
  • Travers – 104
  • Pincher Creek – 102
  • Brocket – 102
  • Foremost – 102
  • Carway – 102
  • Enchant – 100
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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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