Cochranites were able to capture some incredible photos on Thursday evening when a storm system quickly moved into the area, bringing with it hail, lightning and heavy winds. 

Natalie Hasell with Environment and Climate Change Canada said the storm really picked up at around 9 p.m.

"Golf ball sized hail for two minutes in Cochrane. Loonie sized hail in north Calgary. Ping pong ball sized hail over southeastern Calgary. It was pretty active around you and a lot of your neighbours."   

hailEnvironment Canada confirmed hail as large as golf balls fell in Cochrane on Thursday evening. (photo credit Michelle Downey)

The storm also brought strong rain as well as thunder and lightning. 

hailCochrane residents collected hail from a storm Thursday night. (photo Taylor Laplante) 

Hasell confirmed there were multiple lightning strikes in Cochrane and Calgary last night.

"I can tell you that there were many, many strikes in and around Calgary." 


There is a slight chance of thunderstorms today in Cochrane but no moisture in the forecast for the next several days. 

You can view Cochrane's complete long range forecast HERE.