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More twisters in Canada than America?

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Storm cloud over Melfort, SK. Storm cloud over Melfort, SK.
Tornado in Wadena, SK on July 18. Tornado in Wadena, SK on July 18.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It's been an off the charts tornado season in Saskatchewan, and one of the quietest summers on record in the United States. As a result, many American storm chasers are heading north.

To say that it has been an active tornado season in Saskatchewan this year would be an understatement.

Saskatchewan has had upwards of 35 tornadoes this summer, with most happening in July. In a typical year, there's an average of 10 to 12 tornadoes in the province. What's more, Saskatchewan alone had the same amount of tornadoes in July as the entire United States.

So what's the deal?

Since May, the jet stream has been sitting much further north than in an average summer. This creates the right dynamics and energy for tornado formation. Even moisture from the Gulf of Mexico has been making its way into southern Canada.

The positioning of the jet stream is also the reason why it has been a quiet season in the United States. As a result, many American storm chasers have been flocking to Saskatchewan to get in on the action.

Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are not uncommon in Saskatchewan, even in an average season.

The Canadian Prairies are really an extension of "Tornado Alley" in the US.

So is the "Summer of Saskatchewan" expected to continue into August?

Generally, the Saskatchewan tornado season peaks in June and July, and the jet stream pushes further north in August. This would tend to shift the severe weather and tornado potential further north.

But the way things have been going this summer, I wouldn't be surprised to see this trend continue across North America.

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