A weather advisory is currently in effect for much of central Alberta, as conditions are favourable for the development of funnel clouds.
“Funnel clouds are expected to develop from Red Deer northeastward toward Lloydminster,” states the Environment Canada advisory.
“These types of funnel clouds are generated by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds or weak thunderstorms. This weak rotation is normally not a danger near the ground. However, there is a chance that this rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado.”
Environment Canada is asking people to take funnel cloud sightings seriously.
“Should a funnel cloud develop nearby, prepare to take shelter. These funnel clouds usually appear with little or no warning.”