Wind gusts reached 137 km/h in province on Wednesday thanks to Alberta Clipper low-pressure system

Environment Canada said a day of fierce winds in Alberta saw gusts reach speeds of 137 km/h in a village in the southern part of the province on Wednesday.

The wind gusts recorded in Barnwell broke an all-time January record for the area, the weather agency said in a weather summary posted online.

Environment Canada said the summary may contain unofficial information and should not be considered a complete or final report.

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Powerful wind gusts were reported through central and southern Alberta. In the far south of the province, emergency crews responded to fires fuelled by the wind as well as semi-trailers that had tipped over.

Enmax crews around Calgary could be seen working to repair power lines after a windstorm on Wednesday. Tom Reynolds/ Global News

In Calgary, the fire department said it deployed crews to deal with trees falling on power lines and damage to buildings.

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“A very strong Alberta Clipper low-pressure system raced across the province on Wednesday,” Environment Canada said. “A personal weather station in Taber reported a peak gust of 145 km/h, and widespread damage was reported in the town and the surrounding area.

“Power outages were reported across southern Alberta, including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.”

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The weather agency said the wind gusts in the Taber area on Wednesday “would register at EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale used to rate tornado damage.”

In eastern Alberta, the wind joined forces with snowfall to create whiteout conditions in a number of areas. In Lloydminster and areas to the south of the border city, Environment Canada said blizzard conditions were reported to the agency.

“Freezing rain also fell across east-central Alberta in the morning hours, leading to slick conditions here, with heavy snow being reported for areas north of Highway 16,” Environment Canada said.

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Below is the weather agency’s summary of peak wind gusts reported at Environment Canada and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry stations as of 4:07 p.m. on Wednesday.

  • Barnwell – 137 km/h (all-time January record)
  • Sheerness – 124 km/h
  • Pinhorn – 124 km/h
  • Onefour – 122 km/h (all-time January record)
  • Grassy Lake – 122 km/h
  • Lethbridge – 120 km/h
  • Iron Springs – 120 km/h
  • Blood Tribe – 119 km/h (all-time January record)
  • Fincastle – 115 km/h (all-time January record)
  • Irvine – 115 km/h
  • Bow Island – 113 km/h (ties all-time January record)
  • Sedalia – 113 km/h
  • Hemaruka – 113 km/h
  • Bellshill – 113 km/h (all-time January record)
  • Bassano – 113 km/h
  • Sunnynook – 113 km/h
  • Milk River – 111 km/h (all-time January record)
  • Waterton – 111 km/h
  • Coronation – 111 km/h (all-time January record)
  • Consort – 111 km/h (all-time January record)
  • Masinasin – 111 km/h
  • Acadia Valley – 111 km/h
  • Medicine Hat – 109 km/h
  • Wrentham – 109 km/h
  • Oyen – 109 km/h
  • Seven Persons – 109 km/h
  • Pakowki Lake – 109 km/h
  • Hand Hills – 109 km/h
  • Ralston – 109 km/h
  • Gooseberry Lake – 109 km/h
  • Fleet – 109 km/h
  • Ardenville – 109 km/h
  • Stavely – 107 km/h
  • Craigmyle – 107 km/h
  • Kirriemuir – 107 km/h
  • Raymond – 106 km/h
  • Cadogan – 106 km/h
  • Alliance – 106 km/h
  • Social Plains – 106 km/h
  • Lodge Creek – 106 km/h
  • Finnegan – 106 km/h
  • Claresholm – 104 km/h
  • Hussar – 104 km/h
  • Travers – 104 km/h
  • Atlee – 104 km/h
  • Rainier – 104 km/h
  • Pincher Creek – 102 km/h
  • Brocket – 102 km/h
  • Foremost – 102 km/h
  • Carway – 102 km/h
  • Buffalo – 102 km/h
  • Cappon – 102 km/h
  • Enchant – 100 km/h
  • Cabin Lake – 100 km/h
  • Gilt Edge North – 100 km/h

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