lightningmanAB wrote:On July 17, 2016 (Sunday afternoon) there was a thunderstorm not too far from where I was in south Calgary. We were not expecting supercell thunderstorms that day but we were expecting pulse thunderstorms. I went just south of the city into the countryside to watch the storm. To my surprise there were two funnels fairly close together (perhaps they were about 1 mile apart). One was short and somewhat stubby while the other was long and skinny. I could not tell 100% for sure at the time if the long skinny one was touching the ground but I got on the phone and called ECCC to report it. I spoke to them on the phone and let them know what I saw. They had already received calls and tweets about this as it was between two populated areas (south Calgary and Okotoks) and lots of eyes have seen it. As soon as I got off the phone with them I set up my camera on my tripod to start snapping pics but then both funnels had dissipated just before I got my first good shot. There were pics on social media of it so I will upload one of what it looked like. I took a short timelapse of the storm (without the funnels) and while doing that a fire truck passed me. I decided to check to see if the funnel cloud was actually a tornado so I went to the area where it looked like it was located.
Here are some pics...
I came across a house with minor roof damage: IMG_20160717_145205.jpg
There was another house in the same area that the fire department was at and there was a trailer that looked like it was blown out of place: IMG_20160717_151831.jpg
Came across a fence that was damage: IMG_20160717_153307.jpg
Piece of wood stuck against a fence: IMG_20160717_153259.jpg
Fire department put a tarp over the hole in the roof: IMG_20160717_152959.jpg
This tree was supported by guy wires but the top of the tree had been torqued off:
I was fascinated by the ground swirl patterns in the grass created by the tornado: