Originally Posted by Bohdi1
I have read that severe weather, an F2 or 3 is severe to me, don't occur that much around the Calgary/Cochrane area but that hail storms are very common. Is this the case or is it mostly central Canada?
Hail frequency is highest in Canada in the front range from Edson to Edmonton south through Red Deer to the Calgary-Lethbride-Medicine Hat area. I saw a map once and the highest peak of frequency per year historically was in a band from Edson to Red Deer and Sundre. It was a 5 hail events per year (average). Tornadoes locally are not as common as just east in the high plains with the highest frequency of tornadoes in Alberta in the Edmonton-Red Deer corridor. Hail events can occur of course over much of the Prairies with Winnipeg having one of the most damaging hail events ever in 1996 (I think that is the year). But for year in and year out the hail belt of Canada includes Calgary northward toward Edmonton.
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