Alberta hit by gust of winter in August

Vehicles splash through a flooded intersection in Airdrie, Alta., on August 7, 2014. (Mike Drew/QMI...

Vehicles splash through a flooded intersection in Airdrie, Alta., on August 7, 2014. (Mike Drew/QMI Agency)

Damien Wood, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

CALGARY -- Heavy hail and funnel clouds marked the sort of weather nobody wants to see in August in Airdrie and north Calgary Thursday.

Social media was active with posts and pictures of damage from golf-ball sized hail that came down in the afternoon, leaving part of Calgary’s neighbour to the north blanketed in white.

Images showed dented car hoods and even a broken windshield.

At one point, Calgary police received reports of a tornado touching down in this city, near Metis Tr. and Stoney Tr.

Det. Dale Seddon said whatever it was touched down very briefly, then dissipated.

There were no injuries or damages.

Seddon said it was “more of a spectacle than anything else.”

Environment Canada at the time had received no such reports of a tornado touching down in Calgary, but didn’t dismiss the possibility of a funnel cloud, given the weather system.

It was later stated what was seen was a “gustnado,” indeed a part of the weather system over Airdrie.


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