Prologue: The SPADE forecasters had been waiting for this storm for at least a week when we noticed unimaginable amounts of precipitation on the long range GEM models. As the day got closer, the models still suggested large amounts of precipitation that at the time had a few of us a bit skeptical.
Our team waited for the 12PM MDT GEM model runs which came out close to 6PM MDT and we made a 24 hour plan expecting precipitation to begin at 0100 MDT. We were a bit surprised when we checked the radar around 8:30 PM and saw the rapid speed of the storm to the North making its way towards Fortress.
Fortress team (which consisted of Juris, Charlie, André and Cécile) readied themselves for the early start and we left shortly after. Excitement and adrenaline was high, much like the first Calgary storm. We even had several laughs as we filmed a tour of our trailer.