With the not-so-spring-like weather we are having this week, the Airdrie area possibly saw its first tornado of the season on Monday.

Airdronian Steve Brundige was about five minutes east of Airdrie near Range Road 282 around 4:25 p.m. when he saw this happen.

At first, he wasn't quite sure what he was seeing, but when he stopped to film it, the picture became a little bit more clear, stated Brundige.

"I thought it was somebody working in the field at first and then I realized that it was a big Dirt Devil or little tornado, I'm not sure exactly what it was."

Brundige was working on farm equipment for a friend at the time and said it only lasted about a minute.

"It was probably about three and a half kilometres east of where I was just out in the field there. It didn't look like there was any debris or anything in it."

Last year the closest tornado to Airdrie was the one on Canada Day near Didsbury, north of Carstairs. The EF (Enhanced Fujita) rating for the tornado was an EF4. The wind speeds of an EF4 tornado can reach up to 310 km/h.

12 residences were hit by the tornado, three were destroyed, four were left uninhabitable, and five were left damaged.

The last EF4 tornado in Alberta was the Edmonton tornado back in 1987.

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