Photos and video show an apparent tornado touching down in southern Saskatchewan.


A landspout tornado appeared to touch down in south-central Saskatchewan on Tuesday evening.

Although not confirmed by Environment and Climate Change Canada as of 9 p.m. CST, the tornado was spotted by Rob Been near the village of Keeler, about 45 kilometers northwest of Moose Jaw, around 7 p.m. HNC.

CBC News was told he was taking a nap after supper when he was awakened by loud thunder. The next thing he knew, a tornado seemed to be forming.

Unconfirmed tornado near Moose Jaw, Sask.

Multiple eyewitness accounts of an unconfirmed tornado in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. sector on Tuesday evening.

“You marvel at its power and volatility,” Been said.

“The winds picked up so fast, the hail fell in a hurry. This thing formed almost out of nowhere.”

Environment and Climate Change Canada did not issue a warning for a possible tornado in the area, but a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect at the time. Parts of central and southeastern Saskatchewan were placed on a severe thunderstorm watch shortly thereafter.

He is said to be unaware of any damage near his property at this time. He still can’t believe how close he was to the storm.
“As a truck driver, I’ve seen tornadoes in the distance but never this close,” he said. “About as close as I’d like to be, honestly.

Dayle Bueckert also found herself surprisingly close to the storm.

The Saskatchewan farmer was driving with her children north along Highway 2 from Moose Jaw when she spotted the apparent landspout tornado.

“It formed right in front of me and I was like, ‘Oh, this is crazy,'” she said. “I wasn’t going to stay in the storm so I kept driving…I only had rain and hail.”

Bueckert said hail ranging in size from a pea to a nickel fell on their home near Eyebrow.

As for the damage, Bueckert and her husband plan to assess their recently seeded canola farm near Keeler on Wednesday morning.

If confirmed, Tuesday’s landspout tornado could be the first reported in Saskatchewan in 2022.