A tornado was spotted a couple kilometres north of Griffin Saturday. Environment Canada confirmed it was a landspout tornado that touched down for about 10 minutes around 5:40 p.m.
Meteorologist with Environment Canada Mark Melsness said a landspout tornado tends to be short-lived.
"They tend to be a little bit weaker than their supercell cousins, which is the type that you might hear about go through Oklahoma or that type of thing, and they tend to be a little bit weaker but they can certainly cause damage and they're not to be taken lightly," shared Melsness.
While they can cause damage such as uprooting trees, damaging roof shingles and throwing debris, this tornado was reported to not cause any as it touched down in an empty field. This gave the tornado the lowest rating of EF0 (meaning there was low damage and winds were at 64 to 116 km/h).
Melsness said people should seek shelter if they do see a tornado, as blowing debris and the accompanying lightning can be deadly.
Canada's Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Centre (PASPC) meteorologists are actively seeking pictures of the tornado or damage it may have caused. You can contact them at 1-800-239-0484, send an email to [email protected], or tweet to #skstorm.
The hamlet of Griffin is located about 35 kilometres east of Weyburn.