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The Dominator3 brings Storm Chasers to Drumheller area

The TVNWeather.com "SRV Dominator", one of its armoured tornado chasing vehicles, was in Drumheller Thursday afternoon with the area under a Tornado Watch from the afternoon into the early evening. The company was tracking the storm system moving through the prairies that caused Environment Canada to issue severe thunderstorm and tornado alerts.

TVNWeather.com provides live stream video of severe storms and tornados from its assembly of storm chasers located across the U.S., Canada,  and parts of Europe. TVN is home of the series "Tornado Chasers" featuring  Reed Timmer, who bills himself "Meteorologist and Extreme Storm Chaser" on his facebook posts. TVN was part of the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" series from season two through to the show's final fifth season. A number of the group's tornado chasers are focused on and located in the U.S. Midwest and its infamous Tornado Alley.

Motorists ignore radar speed sign

Motorists ignore radar speed sign

The radar speed sign sits outside of McConkey Park as a warning to drivers to slow down to thirty kilometers per hour while passing through the playground zone.

After an investigation that took place by the radar speed sign near McConkey park yielded surprising results, one answer is clear: when it comes to speed, drivers are bending the rules.
    Wednesday, July 9, between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., an inSide Drumheller stakeout was placed near McConkey Park. With the car parked and a watchful eye on the radar speed sign, an alarming amount of the eighty-one drivers drove through the playground’s thirty zone with no regards for the posted speed limit.
    Fifty-nine per cent of drivers passed through the 30 km/h zone  speeding, and of those speeders, fifty-seven per cent were going up to 10 km/h over the speed limit.

Below is a breakdown of the 81 vehicles inSide Drumheller observed passing the radar speed sign located at McConkey Park, heading west on Wednesday, July 9 between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The playground zone, and speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour is clearly posted.

33 drivers were going at/ or under the posted limit
19 drivers were going between 1 and 5 km/hr over the posted limit
12 drivers were going between 6 and 10 km/hr over the posted limit
17 drivers were going 11 + km/hr over the posted limit

59% of observed drivers were going above the posted speed limit.

    Constable Eric Doucette is a traffic control officer with the Drumheller RCMP and urges drivers to educate themselves on the rules associated with playgrounds.
    “We’ve had the sign up for about three weeks now,” Doucette says. “Playground zones are in effect from 8:30 a.m. until a half hour after dusk. When we write a ticket, and you’re doing 50 in a 30 zone with children in the park, there’s going to be no breaks.”
    Speeding tickets for a playground zone will vary. Fines are determined by how fast a vehicle is travelling. License demerit deductions will vary from 3-6 demerits taken off. 

Tornada watch ends for Drumheller area



Updated Friday July 18, 11:30 am

The tornado watch ended for the Drumheller and Hanna areas last night, and Environment Canada currently has no weather alerts in effect for the region or Alberta.

Environment Canada had Drumheller and other parts of the prairies under a Tornado Watch Thursday afternoon and evening, when a humid air mass moved into Southern Alberta, bringing turbulence and thunderstorms, and hail for some locations.