You can tick “steam devil” off your 2021 BC weather bingo card.
Subzero air from the arctic brought BC into a deep freeze during the final weeks of December. The cold weather shattered temperature records across the province and led to a rare white Christmas in Vancouver.
While almost the entire province was blanketed in frigid weather, a tweet posted on Tuesday, December 28, shows a “nice example” of a steam devil that formed over the water in Kelowna.
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— Aaron Jayjack (@aaronjayjack) December 28, 2021
Even though it might look like a tornado – not unlike the one we saw in Vancouver this fall – it’s completely different.
According to The Weather Network, steam devils can happen “when extremely cold arctic air moves over relatively warmer water – instability forms, air rises, and it can form a visible vortex.”
They’re known to occasionally form on Lake Okanagan in BC.
Keep your cameras at the ready because we still have a few days left of 2021 and a lot of chances for the weather to do something wild.