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Stormy Sunday: large hail & weather warnings across southern Alberta

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It was a stormy Sunday across much of southern Alberta with everything from tornado warnings to huge hail.

Severe thunderstorm watches were issued across much of the region. Late in the afternoon (July 7), some nasty storms triggered tornado warnings in Vulcan County after several reports of rotating clouds in the area. There hasn’t been any confirmation as of yet as to whether or not a twister actually touched down.

Large hail fell in an area between Vulcan and Nanton as well. Photos posted to social media showed hail as big as golf balls and even tennis balls.

Incredible cloud formation Sunday near Champion. Photo credit to Kyle Brittain from The Weather Network

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Storms also rolled through the Raymond and Warner areas mid-afternoon on Sunday. In neighbouring Saskatchewan, large thunderstorms in the southern part of that province produced tornadoes as well near Assiniboia and Gravelbourg.

The storm watches and warnings lasted well into Sunday evening before things calmed down overnight.

There’s the risk of more thunderstorms Monday (July 8), then conditions are expected to clear out and warm up significantly for the next few weeks. The warm stretch of weather is likely to see temperatures across southern Alberta in the high 20′ and even low 30’s through the rest of July.

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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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