List of 21st-century Canadian tornadoes and tornado outbreaks

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This is a list of notable tornadoes, tornado outbreaks, and tornado outbreak sequences that have occurred in Canada in the 21st century. (2001 through 2100). Due to increasing detection, particularly in the US and southern Canada, numbers of counted tornadoes have increased markedly in recent decades although number of actual tornadoes and counted significant tornadoes has not. In older events, the number of tornadoes officially counted is likely underestimated.

On average, there are around 80 confirmed and unconfirmed tornadoes that touch down in Canada each year, with most occurring in Southern Ontario, the southern Canadian Prairies and southern Quebec. Canada ranks as the second country in the world with the most tornadoes per year, after the US. The most common types are F0 to F2 in damage intensity level and usually result in minor structural damage to barns, wood fences, roof shingles, chimneys, uprooted or snapped tree limbs and downed power lines. Fewer than 5% of tornadoes in Canada are rated F3 or higher in intensity, where wind speeds are in excess of 225 km/h (140 mph). Prior to April 1, 2013, Canada used a slightly modified Fujita scale, and as of that date the Enhanced Fujita scale, again slightly modified, was put into use to rate tornado intensity, based on the damage to buildings and vegetation.[1]

Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan all average 15 tornadoes per season, followed by Quebec with fewer than 10. New Brunswick and the British Columbia Interior are also recognized tornado zones. All other provinces and territories have significantly less threat from tornadoes. The peak season in Canada is in the summer months when clashing air masses move north, as opposed to the spring season in the United States southern-central plains, although tornadoes in Canada have occurred in spring, fall and very rarely winter.

The reported increase in numbers of tornadoes in recent years may reflect more reporting by citizens and media involvement rather than an actual increase in tornado occurrence (although some natural increase has not been ruled out), in addition to better detection technology i.e. Doppler weather radar and satellite imagery. The upswing could also be attributed to other factors, such as improved aerial and ground damage assessment after the fact in sparsely populated areas (particularly the case in remote parts of the Canadian Prairies and Northern Ontario, for example), better trained spotter capabilities and increased use of digital recording devices by citizens. Tornadoes in Canada are enough of a threat for a public warning system to be in place, overseen by the national weather agency, Environment Canada (EC).

For a variety of reasons, such as Canada's lower population density and generally stronger housing construction due to the colder climate, Canadian tornadoes have historically caused far fewer fatalities than tornadoes in the United States. The deadliest tornado in Canadian history, the Regina Cyclone of June 30, 1912, does not even rank in the top 25 when compared to American tornado fatalities. Urban centres are not immune from the threat of severe tornadoes. Nine medium to large size Canadian cities have been hit by significant strength tornadoes (F3 or higher), which caused large-scale damage and fatalities: Regina (1912); Windsor (1946 and 1974); Sarnia (1953); Sudbury (1970); Woodstock (1979); London (1984); Barrie (1985); Edmonton (1987); Goderich (2011); and Ottawa-Gatineau (2018).

All figures for damages are in Canadian dollars.

2000s[edit]

2001[edit]

2002[edit]

2003[edit]

2004[edit]

  • April 18 – an early season tornado touched down near Raymond, Alberta, about 30 km (19 mi) southeast of Lethbridge.
  • May 22 – May 2004 tornado outbreak sequence, one strong F2 struck near Mitchell, Ontario at 6 pm EDT (UTC−04:00) and an F3 in nearby Gad's Hill, causing extensive property and infrastructure damage.
  • June 9 – an F1 struck near Escott, Ontario, destroying a barn and a two-car garage. One man was killed when a tree fell on the porch he was standing on.
  • June 13 – a large tornado touches down near Vulcan, Alberta. The storm was also accompanied by hail greater than 2 cm (0.79 in) in diameter.[9][10]
  • July 8 – an F0 tornado touched down in Grande Prairie, Alberta, causing damage to homes and businesses, and flipping over vehicles.[11]
  • July 11 – a tornado briefly touched down in Andrew, Alberta, northeast of Edmonton.
  • July 31 – four confirmed tornadoes touched down in southern Quebec. An F1 in Châteauguay on Montreal's south shore, another F1 in Durham-Sud, an F1 in Saint-Albert, which cut a path 6 km (3.7 mi) long, and an F0 in Chesterville.
  • August 10 – two F1 tornadoes occurred near the Ottawa, Ontario region. The first near Burnstown, 10 km (6.2 mi) southeast of Renfrew. It ripped the roof off a barn, snapped several trees and destroyed a shed.[12] The second tornado happened near Thurso.

2005[edit]

  • May 23 – a tornado touches down in and around Nipawin, Saskatchewan.
  • June 4 – several cold-core funnel clouds were spotted in Central and Southern Alberta. Four of which briefly touched the ground. Several trees were damaged.
  • June 21 – A severe thunderstorm spawned one tornado near Lethbridge, Alberta. Several funnel clouds and golf ball size hail was reported from Lethbridge to Taber.[13]
  • July 2 – a tornado touched down about 25 km (16 mi) west of Estevan, Saskatchewan.
  • August 19 – Southern Ontario tornado outbreak of 2005. These associated storms caused extensive widespread damage in a path from Stratford (20 km (12 mi) west of Kitchener), to Peterborough, and along Georgian Bay near Collingwood. A storm cell just to the north of Fergus spawned two F2 strength tornadoes that were particularly damaging, tearing apart trees, farms and overturning automobiles driving on a highway. The first tornado tracked through Milverton to Conestogo Lake (west of Elmira). The second moved from Salem to Lake Bellwood (north of Guelph). The same storm cell later triggered a tornado warning in Toronto and caused extensive flooding with over 140 mm (5.5 in) of rain in some northern sections of the city, washing out many roads as well as damaging infrastructure such as storm sewers and electrical systems. An unusual tornado possibly touched down within the Toronto city limits, although never officially confirmed by Environment Canada. In its wake, the storm left a trail of damage that, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, represented the highest insured loss in the province's history, exceeding $500 million. That's more than two and a half times Ontario's losses during the infamous ice storm of 1998 and the second largest loss event in Canadian history.
  • November 9 – Hamilton, Ontario, a late-season tornado tears off part of the roof of a school and damages businesses and homes in the area. See Hamilton, Ontario tornado of 2005.

2006[edit]

  • July 4 – an F1 strikes Glassville, New Brunswick, 40 km (25 mi) south of Perth Andover. A great deal of forest and structural damage, but no injuries or deaths.[14]
  • July 14 – a tornado touches down near Gretna, Manitoba, flattening crops, damaging equipment sheds, and tore up trees and power lines.
  • July 17 – an F1 tornado struck Newmarket, Ontario at night, packing winds of 120 to 170 km/h (75 to 106 mph), cut a swath of damage 10 km (6.2 mi) long and 100 m (330 ft) wide in the Woodbine Avenue/Davis Drive area around 10:15 pm EDT (UTC−04:00) At about the same time, an F0, with winds up to 115 km/h (71 mph), was wreaking havoc in a small section of the Stonehaven subdivision, off Leslie Street south of Mulock Drive.
  • July 17 – an F1, or possibly a weak F2, hit a La Baie du Diable campground in Ferme-Neuve, Quebec moving RVs and breaking trees.
  • July 25 – an F0 tornado destroyed a barn in Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec. The same storm produced hail that reached 5–6 cm (2.0–2.4 in) in diameter and caused $2 million damage in the agricultural community.
  • August 1 – an F2 tornado struck the community of Lac-Drolet, Quebec in the Estrie region, destroying a house.
  • August 2 – a number of homes and cottages damaged or completely destroyed by a tornado in Combermere, Ontario located in the upper Ottawa Valley. The same storm system spawned an outbreak of fourteen confirmed tornadoes[15] mostly concentrated north of Peterborough in the Haliburton, Kawartha and Madawaska areas, which damaged cottages in the area, some severely. It was the most tornadoes confirmed in Ontario in a single 24-hour span day since 1985 and matched the annual provincial average. The strongest were two F2s, one that struck an isolated area near Bancroft and the other that made a direct hit on the town of Combermere.
  • August 5 – in Gull Lake, Manitoba an F2 tornado killed a woman at a campground north of Winnipeg.
  • August 15 -an F1 tornado impacted the area of Pokemouche and Evangeline, New Brunswick. Hail, damaging winds and intense lightning were reported in the region. A tornado swept along a corridor of 20–50 m (66–164 ft) wide and 3 to 5 km (1.9 to 3.1 mi) long extending from Pokemouche through Evangeline. The tornado estimated in the lower F1 range (wind estimated around 120 km/h (75 mph)) caused structural damage to a few properties and uprooted/snapped a few trees along the corridor. The sighting of the actual funnel cloud / tornado was reported by a few members of the public. Ended at 47°42′N 64°51′W / 47.7°N 64.85°W / 47.7; -64.85
  • August 20 – an F2 tornado hit the community of La Broquerie, Manitoba, destroying a house.
  • August 24 – two tornadoes touch down near Unity and Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

2007[edit]

  • May 15 – An F1 tornado struck the Mitchell, Ontario area around 60 km (37 mi) northeast of London, causing minor damage. It was the third significant tornado to hit the Mitchell area in a three-year span. The same storm system that caused this tornado also produced two other tornadoes (an F0 and an F1) in The Thumb area of Michigan, northern Indiana, and Ohio before crossing Lake Huron into Ontario.
  • June 22–23 – A rare combination of weather systems converged. on a June weekend causing severe thunderstorms which spawned at least eight tornadoes across southeast Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba. The most significant, and the first confirmed F5 tornado in Canada which touched down near Elie destroying four homes, flipping one home-owner's Chrysler Fifth Avenue onto a neighbour's roof, and heavily damaging a flour mill. The F5 Elie tornado was described "as bad as they ever get here in Canada" by meteorologist Dave Carlsen of Environment Canada, while he told Canwest Global affiliate CKND-TV.[16][17] A large F3 wedge tornado also touched down near Pipestone and Baldur.[18] Two tornadoes at Lampman and Carnduff, Saskatchewan reported property damage and one injury, Surprisingly there were a minimal amount of reported injuries resulting from all of the tornadoes. There were also sightings of three small tornadoes becoming one. One of the tornadoes in this outbreak also travelled 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Baldur and was rated an F3 on the Fujita scale.[19] A total of eight confirmed tornadoes over the two day span.
  • June 25 – a small tornado touches down near Standard, Alberta, destroying a barn and electrocuting a horse.
  • June 26 – Environment Canada confirmed a tornado struck the Petitcodiac, New Brunswick in the Salisbury area. The storm knocked down trees and hurled pieces of playground equipment and wheelbarrows long distances. In one incident, the twister picked up a trampoline from a front lawn and threw it 18 m (59 ft) into a pasture.[20]
  • July 8 – a confirmed tornado touched down 20 km (12 mi) south of Mayerthorpe, Alberta.
  • July 8 – an F1 tornado was confirmed near Mildmay, Ontario. The tornado destroyed a large implementation shed and debris was reported 1.5 km (0.93 mi) away. Another tornado was sighted in the area but was unconfirmed.
  • July 23 – after a day of 40 °C (104 °F) heat in the Edmonton area, a downward draft from the overhead jet stream formed a high-precipitation (HP) supercell, resulting in a tornado over Edmonton International Airport in Leduc County just before sundown. The tornado touched just south of the Highway 2/2A junction, scattering rock, dirt, hay and small debris on 16 km (9.9 mi) of 2A, involving the towns of Kavanagh and Millet. Despite its large appearance, no major damage or injuries were reported, although power was out for a few hours in the vicinity and lightning ignited a range fire west of the airport.
  • July 29 – an F0 tornado touched down near Gander Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. The twister flipped a few snowmobile trailers over before dissipating. One of very few to strike the province.[21]
  • July 31 – a suspected tornado flattens fields and demolishes a farm yard near Cupar, Saskatchewan north of Regina.[22]
  • August 3 – an F2 tornado touched down in White Rapids, New Brunswick. The destruction of several farm buildings coupled with the cyclone signature that was recognized on the Doppler radar led officials to confirm a tornado.
  • September 11 – an F0 tornado stuck near Batchawana Bay, Ontario, damaging property at Silver Birch Cabins and throwing around tents and lawn furniture.[23]
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2008[edit]

2008 Confirmed Tornadoes
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2009[edit]

  • April 25 – five tornadoes were confirmed in Ontario after the passage of an intense cold front on the warmest day of spring. Four were rated as F0 in strength, and touched down in the towns of Round Lake Centre, the west end of Ottawa, Guelph and Windsor. Damage consisted of snapped trees, broken hydro poles and roofs being peeled from buildings. Eighteen planes sustained damage at the Rockcliffe Flying Club. The fifth tornado was rated an F1, and hit the community of Breslau, damaging a barn and silo and uprooting trees over a 1.4 km (0.87 mi) path. No injuries were reported.[48]
  • May 1 – an F0 tornado touched down near Normandin, Quebec, snapping several utility poles.[49]
  • May 31 – an F0 tornado was confirmed approximately 18 km (11 mi) southeast of Calgary, Alberta. No damage was reported.[50]
  • June 1 – southern Manitoba saw its first major storm of the spring, which included an F0 tornado confirmed near Winnipeg.[50]
  • June 14 – an F0 tornado was reported and confirmed near Cloan, Saskatchewan, 40 km (25 mi) southwest of North Battleford. No damage was reported.[50]
  • June 25 – two tornadoes were confirmed in Central Alberta, causing slight damage. The first, an F1, touched down about 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Hanna tearing a roof from a barn. A second F0 tornado touched down near Cairns, ripping siding and roof tiles from structures.[51]
  • June 25 – three tornadoes touched down in Southern Ontario in the afternoon hours. An F2 was confirmed near Avon, tearing a roof off a house as a woman washed her hair in the bathroom. She escaped unharmed.[52] Two F1 tornadoes were also confirmed near Leamington and Harrow causing minor damage.[50]
  • June 30 – an F1 tornado touches down and destroys several farm buildings near Baljennie, Saskatchewan. Another F0 tornado was confirmed near Hafford.[50]
  • July 3 – an F0 tornado was confirmed near Verona, Ontario, 30 km (19 mi) north of Kingston causing minimal damage.[53]
  • July 4 – a brief F0 landspout tornado was spotted near Swan River, Manitoba. No damage was reported.[50]
  • July 4 – an F1 tornado touched down near Red Deer, Alberta causing minimal tree damage and no injuries.[54]
  • July 7 – an F0 tornado was confirmed near Estaire, Ontario[50]
  • July 7 – an F0 tornado touched down near Valhalla, Manitoba, 114 km (71 mi) north of Winnipeg[50]
  • July 7 – an F0 tornado was confirmed in Elbow, Saskatchewan. No damage was reported.[50]
  • July 9 – two tornadoes touched down in Northwestern Ontario, killing three and injuring five. The first, an F1, touched down near Ear Falls and tracked across Wenesaga Lake through sparsely populated areas. It left a 23 km (14 mi) path snapping trees and damaging homes.[55] The second tornado was given an F2 rating and tore through Fisherman's Cove Resort on Lac Seul, killing three men visiting from Oklahoma. Survivors were found in the lake after the storm, tossed there by the extreme winds.[56]
  • July 11 – an F1 tornado touched down in Boisbriand, Quebec, just west of Montreal, damaging houses and downing multiple trees. A second tornado also touched down in Mirabel and was given an F0 rating.[57]
  • July 13 – an F0 tornado was confirmed near Leader, Saskatchewan.[50]
  • July 26 – a landspout tornado briefly touched down near Woodstock, Ontario, downing one tree. It was given an F0 rating.[58]
  • July 27 – an F0 tornado was confirmed in Sainte-Christine, Quebec, damaging a shed and uprooting trees. No injuries were reported.[59]
  • July 29 – an F0 tornado touched down in the Duberger district of Quebec City, Quebec, uprooting trees and causing roof damage to homes.[60]
  • July 30 – Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan saw an F0 tornado touch down. No damage was reported.[50]
  • July 31 – an F0 tornado was confirmed near Telford, Manitoba.[50]
  • August 1 – an F0 tornado touched down approximately 16 km (9.9 mi) north of Airdrie, Alberta.[50]
  • August 4 – an F2 tornado touched down between Déléage and Mont-Laurier, Quebec, leaving a 40 km (25 mi) path of damage. Forty homes sustained damage, with twenty-eight rendered uninhabitable. Cars were tossed around, utility poles and power lines broken, and a number of trees were twisted and uprooted. It was the highest rated tornado in the province since 1994.[61] A cameraman for CFCF-TV and a helicopter pilot were killed a day later while gathering aerial footage of the damage.[62]
  • August 20 – nineteen confirmed tornadoes touched down in Ontario, the largest single-day tornado outbreak in the province's history. Referred to as the Southern Ontario Tornado Outbreak of 2009, it was one of the most destructive and costly tornado events ever in the province, and included one fatality. The four strongest tornadoes were given an F2 rating, with two of them hitting the densely populated city of Vaughan. Eleven of the tornadoes were given an F1 rating, and the last four were rated as F0. The lone fatality happened in the Durham region, where an 11 year old was killed by flying debris. At one point, over 10 million people in Southern Ontario were placed under tornado watches and/or warnings. It is also the largest tornado event in Canadian history.[63]
  • August 21 – two F0 tornadoes touched down in north central Quebec, one near the Baskatong Reservoir and the other near the town of La Tuque. Minor damage was reported in wooded areas.[64]
  • August 22 – a weak F0 tornado touched down in the city of Markham, Ontario, travelling for about 3 km (1.9 mi) and causing minor damage.[65]
  • September 28 – an F1 tornado was confirmed near Bowmanville, Ontario, damaging barns and uprooting trees. It travelled for approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) to Orono before dissipating.[66]
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2010s[edit]

2010[edit]

  • June 6 – an F1 tornado touched down in Leamington, Ontario over the early morning hours before dissipating near Point Pelee National Park. Damage was estimated to be in the "millions", as the twister uprooted trees and damaged houses and cars, leaving a 2 km (1.2 mi) path. Luckily, considering the time the tornado hit, there were no reports of injuries or deaths.[67]
  • June 6 – an F1 tornado was confirmed in Eastern Ontario, near the villages of Dalkeith and Ste-Anne-de-Prescott close to the Quebec border.
  • June 21 – two weak tornadoes touch down near Limerick and Avonlea, Saskatchewan.
  • June 22 – a possible tornado destroyed a garage and ripped a roof off a house in Woodlands, Manitoba about 60 km (37 mi) north of Winnipeg.
  • June 23 – two confirmed tornadoes touched down near the town of Midland, Ontario. The first tornado was rated an F2 and it touched down at approximately 6:30 pm EDT (UTC−04:00) near the Rowntree Beach area and ended near Waubaushene, a length of 25 km (16 mi). A second tornado rated an F1 spawned from the same thunderstorm, touched down around 7 pm EDT (UTC−04:00), just west of Washago. Its path lasted 12 km (7.5 mi). Tornado warnings did go off 12 minutes before the first tornado struck, leaving some residents unprepared. In addition a Red Alert was even issued by the Emergency Management of Ontario in a huge swath of Central Ontario. Both twisters left 15 people injured, 8 seriously. There were no fatalities. That same evening after 9 pm EDT (UTC−04:00, storms tracked through the Windsor-Essex County area, where a microburst caused damage near Colchester destroying a party tent and part of a garage, with funnel clouds and a possible tornado reported in the rural areas of the town of Essex, these tornadoes came on the same day just hours after Central Canada was rocked by an earthquake.
  • June 23 – a confirmed tornado touched down near Rosser, Manitoba, but with little damage. Funnel clouds were also spotted near Marquette and Elie coming a day before the third anniversary of the F5 Elie tornado.
  • June 24 – a possible tornado touched down near Wilkie, Saskatchewan.
  • June 25 – an unconfirmed tornado touched down near Oxbow, Saskatchewan, damaging a farm.[68]
  • June 27 – an early-afternoon repeat of June 23, severe thunderstorms form in Southeast Michigan and track towards Windsor, Ontario, spawning a minor tornado from Essex to roughly Staples, with a second forming near Cottam, in central Essex County.
  • June 28 – two F0 tornadoes touched down in the Montreal region, one in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, on Montreal's West Island, and one in Mascouche, east of the city. Many funnel clouds were also spotted in the area(s).
  • June 29 – a confirmed tornado touched down near Whitecourt, Alberta, northwest of Edmonton. No damage was reported.
  • July 2 – an F3 tornado tore through the Kawacatoose Reserve near Raymore, Saskatchewan. Some homes on the reserve were demolished, with several others sustaining damage. It also levelled farmhouses and farms west of the town. It left a 500 m (1,600 ft) wide path that was 45 km (28 mi) long. No lives were lost, but some people received broken bones, cuts and bruises. It was stated that the tornado could have possibly been on the ground for an hour.[69]
  • July 13 – a confirmed tornado touched down 20 km (12 mi) east of Carman, Manitoba. No rating was given for the twister, as no damage was reported.[70]
  • July 17 – an F0 tornado hit the community of Saint-Lazare, Quebec, near Montreal. The tornado damaged some homes, and toppled trees. Two people were also struck by lightning associated with the storm.[71]
  • July 22 – an unconfirmed tornado touched down just north of Regina, Saskatchewan. No damage was reported.
  • July 23 – an F0 tornado touched down in Amherstburg, Ontario around 7 pm EDT (UTC−04:00). The path was around 1 km (0.62 mi) long and 100 m (330 ft) wide. The small tornado travelled directly north for a short distance, damaging trees and a roof on small outbuilding, before turning east and dissipating a short time later. There were no injuries reported. The same system also caused a downburst in Kingsville. Another tornado may have touched down near Ruthven, although nothing has been confirmed.
  • July 25 – two confirmed tornadoes were spotted near the town of Lanigan, Saskatchewan, southeast of Saskatoon. Two more tornadoes touched down near the town of Humboldt. Most damage came from the golf-ball-sized hail associated with the storms, which destroyed several crops in the area.
  • July 26 – a confirmed tornado touched down near Oakbank, Manitoba, 20 km (12 mi) east of Winnipeg.
  • July 30 – around 3:20 pm MDT (UTC−06:00), a confirmed tornado touched down northwest of Sundre, Alberta, 120 km (75 mi) northwest of Calgary. There were reports of heavy rain and large hail, but no damage. Another possible tornado touched down 50 km (31 mi) southwest of Water Valley, but was not confirmed.
  • August 22 – Alberta, a tornado was reported southwest of Grande Prairie.
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2011[edit]

  • April 27 – Environment Canada confirmed an F0 tornado touched down near the town of Fergus, Ontario, as a part of the 2011 Super Outbreak. Multiple trees were blown over, siding was torn from buildings and a large air conditioning unit was thrown from the roof of a retail store.[72]
  • May 28 – a tornado touched down briefly about 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Winnipeg, Manitoba at about 5:30 pm CDT (UTC−05:00) in St. Adolphe. The twister was likely an F0, but was not confirmed. It touched down in a field, lifted some debris and then dissipated.
  • June 2 – a weak F0 tornado was spotted northwest of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan as severe thunderstorms hit the area. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) reported damage to granaries in the area, and several power lines were toppled.[73]
  • June 23 – an F0 tornado briefly touched down near the Ottawa River and moved towards Aylmer, Quebec. No damage was reported.[74]
  • June 23 – an unconfirmed tornado was sighted near Fox Valley, Saskatchewan, about 325 km (202 mi) southwest of Saskatoon. Damage was reported to a hardware store and some city roads. Power lines were also knocked down.[75]
  • July 7 – multiple tornadoes touched down in Central Alberta from very strong thunderstorms that swept across the province. One touched down near the town of Bergen, and the others near the towns of Olds and Bowden. One of the hardest hit areas was near Innisfail, where three farms were damaged. A 180,000 sq ft (17,000 m2) riding area[clarification needed] was also destroyed. There were also reports of hail the size of softballs causing damage to cars and houses.[76]
  • July 13 – a weak F0 tornado touched down in southwestern Calgary, Alberta. It was originally classified a funnel cloud by Environment Canada, but amateur video of the event showed it was a tornado.[77]
  • July 18 – a tornado was reported about 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Big River, Saskatchewan, with multiple funnel clouds also reported around the same time. The same storm system later pelted the resort of Waskesiu with baseball-sized hail causing property damage around the townsite with damage to windows, siding and roofs.[78]
  • July 20 – an F1 tornado touched down between Saguenay and Quebec City, Quebec. Winds were strong enough to pick up a moving car off the highway.[79]
  • July 23 – an F2 tornado touched down southeast of Wyoming, Ontario, and carved a path 500 m (1,600 ft) wide and 11 km (6.8 mi) long. It dissipated just south of Watford, after blowing over eight steel transmission towers and also knocking down several hydro poles. Other damage reports included several trees snapped off and buildings moved from their foundations. One barn was completely destroyed.[80]
  • August 6 – an F1 tornado touched down in the village of Sainte-Élisabeth-de-Proulx, Quebec, roughly 30 km (19 mi) north of Lac Saint-Jean. Multiple cottages were damaged, and trees uprooted. Environment Canada is also looking into another possible tornado in the Saint-Ludger-de-Milot area.[81]
  • August 8 – a weak F0 tornado occurred in the town of Plattsville, Ontario, about 18 km (11 mi) southwest of Kitchener. There was no damage reported.
  • August 16 – four F1 tornadoes touched down in the heavily wooded areas of Northwestern Ontario. The first occurred near Dryden, leaving a 24 km (15 mi) trail. The second touched down about 30 km (19 mi) northwest of Sioux Lookout, leaving a 12 km (7.5 mi) path. The third was confirmed in the Ear Falls-Wenesaga Lake area, about 100 km (62 mi) north of Dryden. It left a very small path of 1 km (0.62 mi). The fourth F1 also touched down in Ear Falls, near Gerry Lake, leaving a 2 km (1.2 mi) path. All four tornadoes were given the F1 rating because of the amount of tree damage, and lack of structural damage.
  • August 21 – an F3 tornado hit Goderich, Ontario in the late afternoon hours. A supercell thunderstorm formed and intensified over Lake Huron, spawning a waterspout which came ashore and passed directly through the heart of Goderich. At its widest over downtown, the tornado was estimated to be 1.5 km (0.93 mi) across, and its path was an estimated 20 km (12 mi) long. It caused devastating damage to the town's port and historic downtown centre, as well as to several blocks of residential homes. Approximately forty people were injured and one person was killed. It was Ontario's strongest tornado since 1996.
  • August 21 – a very weak F1 tornado occurred in the west end of Gananoque, Ontario, twisting trees and demolishing a shed. The track was close to 1.5 km (0.93 mi) before it dissipated.
  • August 24 – two confirmed F1 tornadoes hit Southwestern Ontario, after a line of severe storms swept through the province. The first touched down in the town of Little Corners, near Cambridge and left a 15 km (9.3 mi) path of toppled trees. The second touched down 6 km (3.7 mi) west of Nairn and left a 10 km (6.2 mi) trail before it dissipated. A third F0 tornado also touched down in the southwestern part of Grey County, near Neustadt. The track was around 3 km (1.9 mi) long and left damage mostly to trees.[82]
  • September 3 – Environment Canada confirmed that an F0 tornado occurred just west of the town of Grimsby, Ontario. A large gazebo was destroyed and branches were knocked from trees. The path of damage was close to 2 km (1.2 mi) long, and the maximum width was around 300 m (980 ft). No injuries were reported.
  • September 4 – an F0 tornado hit the western part of Trois-Rivières, Quebec in the early evening hours. Damage reports indicated that trees were uprooted, roofs torn off and power was knocked out. The tornado did not last long and there were no reported injuries.[83]
  • September 18 – an unconfirmed tornado was spotted east of Winnipeg, Manitoba. No damage was reported, and the twister did not last very long.
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2012[edit]

  • May 22 – a late-afternoon F0 tornado touched down in a field east of Orono, Ontario. It dissipated quickly, and no injuries or damage was reported.[84]
  • May 25 – two low-level tornadoes were confirmed in rural areas northwest of Montreal, Quebec. An F0 touched down near the town of Brownsburg-Chatham around 8 pm EDT (UTC−03:00), followed by an F1 that swept through the Saint-Benoît sector of Mirabel. Both tornadoes caused extensive damage estimated to be in the millions. No one was injured.[85]
  • May 29 – a confirmed F0 tornado touched down east of Ottawa, in the small community of Bourget, Ontario. The tornado was short lived and caused minor roof damage and uprooted trees.[86]
  • June 5 – at least one confirmed tornado touched down 9 km (5.6 mi) south of Taber, Alberta, knocking out power in parts of the town. At least three others were reported near Turin, Brooks, and Bow Island.[87]
  • June 8 – an F1 tornado touched down in Huntingdon, Quebec, severely damaging a gas station and uprooting trees.[88]
  • June 9 – an unconfirmed tornado touched down north of Stettler, Alberta. Environment Canada referred to it as a "landspout tornado", which is essentially a funnel cloud that touches the ground in a weak thunderstorm system. A farm sustained minor damage to some grain bins, and tree limbs were snapped.[89]
  • June 15 – eight tornadoes were confirmed near the communities of Plover Lake, Biggar and Wilkie, Saskatchewan. There were several reports of funnel clouds throughout the evening. No damage was reported.[90]
  • June 18 – an F1 tornado touched down near Sioux Lookout, Ontario, knocking down several trees.[91]
  • June 26 – one tornado was confirmed near the town of Caron, Saskatchewan and another was reported near Hodgeville. Environment Canada received 500 reports of funnel clouds over a 36-hour period. Damage was limited to farmers fields and grain silos and no injuries were reported.[92]
  • July 3 – at least three tornadoes were confirmed in Saskatchewan. One touched down near the town of Davidson, and did heavy damage to a farm. The other two touched down southwest of Wynyard and southwest of Watrous. No injuries were reported.[93]
  • July 3 – an F1 tornado touched down 13 km (8.1 mi) southwest of Olds, Alberta, taking the roof off a house. Damage was also reported to a barn and hay shed, and multiple trees were uprooted. No injuries were reported.[94][95]
  • July 17 – two tornadoes were confirmed in Eastern Ontario, hitting the small communities of Athens and Summerstown. The Athens tornado was rated an F1, with winds speeds estimated at 140 km/h (87 mph) at touchdown. It left a track of damage 300 m (980 ft) wide and about 3 km (1.9 mi) long. Several trees were snapped off or uprooted, damaging houses and cars. A farm just west of town had several hay wagons flipped over, and it tore the woodshed and chimney off a house. The Summerstown twister was rated as a likely F0, and its path was 30 m (98 ft) wide and about 2 km (1.2 mi) long. Several trees were knocked down, and crops sustained some damage.[96]
  • July 18 – three confirmed tornadoes touched down in central parts of Saskatchewan. The twisters were reported east of Rose Valley, and at least two more were spotted north and east of Wadena. No damage was reported.[97]
  • July 21 – two confirmed tornadoes touched down in near Smeaton, Saskatchewan, where a house was destroyed, and a 72-year-old man inside escaped unharmed. It also knocked trees down and grain bins over. A second reported tornado touched down near Emma Lake. There were no reports of damage.
  • July 22 – an F0 tornado touched down near the town of Embro, Ontario. An Environment Canada employee witnessed the weak tornado in a field; It left no damage.[98]
  • July 24 – Environment Canada confirmed that five tornadoes touched down in Saskatchewan. All were east of Regina, near communities of Balgonie, Southey, Fillmore, and Grenfell. Minor damage was reported to farm buildings. There was no official word on the strengths of the twisters.[99]
  • July 28 – a brief tornado touched down about 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Cremona, Alberta. Damage was reported to a nearby farm.[100]
  • August 2 – an unconfirmed tornado touched down near Lake Diefenbaker, around the town of Elbow, Saskatchewan. No damage or injuries were reported.
  • August 11 – an F0 tornado was confirmed near Midland, Ontario.
  • August 30 – an F0 tornado touched down near Chibougamau, Quebec. Damage was reported at a campground where several trees were uprooted.
  • September 8 – an early evening F0 tornado touched down in Drummondville, Quebec. A roof was blown off a 4-storey building and thrown across the street while other buildings and vehicles sustained minor damage.[101]
  • September 8 – Environment Canada confirmed that an F2 tornado touched down near the town of Odesssa, Ontario. The path was estimated to be 6 km (3.7 mi) long, and it destroyed a large workshop, throwing the roof 300 m (1,000 ft). A man was in the workshop at the time of the tornado, but escaped uninjured.[102]
  • September 22 – an F0 tornado was confirmed in the small town of Wellington, Ontario, along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Environment Canada said it was possible the tornado formed originally as a waterspout over the lake. Two properties received minor damage to lawn furniture and trees.[103]
  • October 31 – a weak F0 tornado touched down near the town of Mont-Laurier, Quebec, destroying a barn and blowing road signs over. It was the sixth confirmed tornado for Quebec in 2012.[104]
2012 Confirmed Tornadoes
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB
0 7 33 3 9 6 0

2013[edit]

  • April 18 – Environment Canada confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down near the community of Shelburne, Ontario, destroying a large riding stable. The path of the twister was 10 km (6.2 mi) long and around 75 m (246 ft) wide. No injuries were reported. This tornado represented the change from the Fujita scale, to the Enhanced Fujita scale in Canada.[1][105]
  • May 21 – three tornadoes were confirmed in Central Ontario after strong thunderstorms moved across the region. The highest rated was an EF2, which touched down near Glenarm, 12 km (7.5 mi) west of Fenelon Falls. The roof of a home was torn off by the strong winds.[106] The other two tornadoes were rated EF0; the first touching down in the community of Elmvale, south of Midland, and the other near Dalston, 12 km (7.5 mi) north of Barrie. Minor damage was reported to a barn roof and silo, and around 65 mature trees were uprooted.[107]
  • May 22 – an EF0 tornado touched down on Highway 401 near Mallorytown, Ontario. It occurred at 10:30 pm EDT (UTC−04:00) and forcibly moved a truck.
  • May 29 – an EF0 tornado touched down near Casselman, Ontario, and was confirmed by Environment Canada thanks to amateur video of the funnel cloud lowering. Minor wind damage was reported along a narrow path of 9 km (5.6 mi) in length.
  • June 1 – an EF0 tornado touched down near Kenilworth, Ontario, and was on the ground for around one minute. Because of the remote location, no damage was reported.[108]
  • June 1 – an EF0 tornado was confirmed in the municipality of Saint-Hugues, Quebec. It tore the door off a garage and did minor roof damage to multiple homes.
  • June 2 – Environment Canada confirmed that a tornado touched down briefly near Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. No rating was given for the tornado, and no damage or injuries were reported.[109]
  • June 10 – an unconfirmed tornado touched down southeast of Yorkton, Saskatchewan near the town of Saltcoats. It is unknown if it did any damage.[110]
  • June 12 – a tornado was reported on the north side of Pigeon Lake, Alberta. It was on the ground very briefly before it went over the lake, resulting in a waterspout.[111]
  • June 16 – a low-end EF0 tornado was confirmed near Beaver Lake, Ontario, about 46 km (29 mi) southwest of Sudbury. The tornado was confirmed based upon photographic evidence, showing a weak funnel cloud rotating and briefly reaching the ground. No damage was reported.
  • June 19 – an unconfirmed tornado was reported north of Onefour, near Pakowki Lake. Multiple photos uploaded to Twitter showed funnel clouds and possible tornado on the ground.
  • June 28 – the ninth confirmed tornado of the season struck near the town of Springwater, Ontario, about 10 km (6.2 mi) northwest of Barrie. It was rated as a low end EF0, and no damage was reported.[112]
  • July 4 – a confirmed tornado touched down near Dollard, Saskatchewan, about 15 km (9.3 mi) west of Shaunavon. Trees were knocked over and some homes and businesses sustained damage. No injuries were reported. An unconfirmed tornado was also spotted near Stavely, Alberta, related to the same storm system.[113]
  • July 6 - a brief tornado was reported between Wroxton and Kamsack, Saskatchewan.[114]
  • July 10 – at around 6:20 pm EDT (UTC−04:00), a weak EF0 tornado touched down near Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Quebec. No damage was reported.[115]
  • July 13 – the communities of Pipestone and Hartney, Manitoba were hit by two unconfirmed tornadoes in the early evening, causing damage to multiple homes. Roofs were ripped off, trees knocked over, and mobile homes and trailers were overturned. The storm also brought large hail and heavy rain, causing extensive crop damage.[116]
  • July 13 – Environment Canada confirmed two tornadoes struck southern Saskatchewan, near the communities of Minton and Redvers. No damage was reported.[117]
  • July 15 – as many as seven tornadoes touched down in parts of southern Saskatchewan after a severe line of thunderstorms swept through the province. Four tornadoes were confirmed by Environment Canada, two of them spotted close to the towns of Kronau and Gray. The other two confirmed were spotted west and southwest of Yorkton. The three unconfirmed tornadoes were reported north of Humboldt, near Rosthern, and near Hague. No damage or injuries were reported.[118]
  • July 18 – a strong EF0 tornado was confirmed in Sioux Valley First Nation, about 50 km (31 mi) west of Brandon, Manitoba. Five homes on the reserve were damaged and two people were injured.[119]
  • July 18 – an EF1 tornado was confirmed north of Massey, Ontario, 85 km (53 mi) southwest of Sudbury. It left a path 250 m (820 ft) wide and 7 km (4.3 mi) long. One house was damaged, and numerous trees were knocked over. No injuries were reported.[120]
  • July 19 – a weak EF0 tornado touched down near the community of Teviotdale, Ontario, just south of Mount Forest. No injuries or damage was reported.[121]
  • July 20 – an EF1 tornado touched down in the Grand Lake, new Brunswick area, about 40 km (25 mi) east of Fredericton. The damage path was close to 15 km (9.3 mi) long, between the communities of Jemseg and Codys. The hardest hit areas included Whites Cove, where several trees were uprooted and three barns destroyed, and Cambridge-Narrows, where three more structures were destroyed including a large barn.[122]
  • July 21 – Environment Canada confirmed a tornado touched down between Boissevain and Deloraine, Manitoba in an open field. No damage was reported.[123]
  • July 24 – a tornado was reported on the ground near Okotoks, Alberta.
  • July 24 – a small tornado was confirmed near Morris, Manitoba, 60 km (37 mi) south of Winnipeg. It was on the ground for a brief period and confined to a farmer's field. No damage was reported.[124]
  • July 29 – Environment Canada confirmed an EF0 tornado touched down in Ottawa, close to Orleans, Ontario. Most of the damage was confined to the Pine View Golf Course where it left a 100 m (330 ft) wide path and uprooted more than 20 trees. No injuries were reported.[125]
  • August 1 – a low end EF0 tornado was confirmed near Carleton Place, Ontario, about 45 km (28 mi) west of Ottawa. Environment Canada used an eye-witness account to confirm the twister. No damage was reported.[126]
  • August 2 – Environment Canada confirmed an EF0 touched down in Magiskan Lake, north of Cochrane, Ontario. No injuries or damage was reported.[121]
  • August 7 – three EF0 tornadoes, and one EF1 tornado were confirmed in south-central Ontario within a one-hour period, thanks to video and photographic evidence. The first tornado touched down north of Orillia, followed by another between Arthur and Grand Valley. The third twister happened near Carnarvon. The strongest tornado happened 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Haliburton, uprooting trees and snapping branches. An aerial survey was conducted since it was in such a remote location. No injuries or major damage was reported.[127] In addition to these tornadoes, Environment Canada also added one that was previously classified as a waterspout. It happened over Head Lake, in the northern part of the Kawartha Lakes region. The waterspout was added to the 2013 tornado count because in this case, it was associated with a storm system.[128]
  • August 13 – a weak EF0 tornado hit in Sherbrooke, Quebec, causing roof damage to a car dealership and breaking several windows.[129]
  • August 16 – another small EF0 tornado touched down in the Cabano, Quebec area before moving out over Lake Témiscouata and turning into a waterspout. No damage was reported.[130]
  • September 1 – a confirmed tornado touched down near Fergus, Ontario in a farmer's field. Environment Canada classified it as a low end EF0 tornado since no damage was reported. Another tornado was reported just 30 minutes later in a field west of Salem, 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Guelph. It was also rated as a low end EF0 in strength[131]
  • November 23 – a rare, late season tornado was confirmed north of Prescott, Ontario. The tornado was rated as an EF1, and caused significant structural damage to a farm silo. No injuries were reported.[121]
2013 Confirmed Tornadoes
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB
0 4 13 5 22 4 1

2014[edit]

  • May 13 – Environment Canada confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Southern Ontario. The first, an EF1, touched down in the Midlmay area, 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Kitchener. The small twister had a 2 km (1.2 mi) path and was around 150 m (490 ft) wide. A house and barn sustained damage and multiple trees were snapped.[132] The second tornado was rated an EF0, and spotted southeast of Listowel, near Conestogo Lake. The path was approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) long, with no significant damage.[133]
  • May 26 – a weak EF0 tornado touched down near Roxton Falls, Quebec, tearing the roof from a farm building. Another tornado was confirmed near Laurierville thanks to video evidence, but was not given a rating.[134]
  • June 13 – a confirmed tornado touched down northwest of Gleichen, Alberta in the early evening hours. Two funnel clouds were noticed with one briefly touching the ground. No damage was reported.[135]
  • June 17 – two tornadoes were confirmed in Central Ontario, the first being a high-end EF2, which hit the town of Angus. Around 100 homes were either destroyed or sustained damage before the twister dissipated in the south end of Barrie. A tornado warning was in effect for the area at the time, and only a few minor injuries were reported.[136] The second tornado, an EF1, touched down near the Stroud area, and left a 750 m (2,460 ft) path of uprooted trees and destroyed a farm shed.[137] The same system also produced two unconfirmed tornadoes, one in Grey County, near Owen Sound Billy Bishop Regional Airport, and another near the town of Hanover.
  • June 24 – Southern Ontario again saw two confirmed tornadoes, spawning from the same storm system. The first, an EF1, traveled 7 km (4.3 mi) from Orangeville to Amaranth, destroying a recreational vehicle (RV) and causing damage to the roof of a house. It also downed numerous trees and snapped hydro poles.[138] The second, also an EF1, happened around a half hour later in the town of New Tecumseth, northeast of Orangeville. It damaged 18 properties along a 10 km (6.2 mi) path, including a horse barn where a horse perished. A house also sustained major damage to the garage where the roof was torn off. No injuries were reported from either twister.[139]
  • June 27 – a tornado briefly touched down 16 km (9.9 mi) south of Cremona, Alberta, and was confirmed by Environment Canada based on multiple images of an apparent dust cloud at the base of the funnel. No damage was reported.[140]
  • June 29 – a tornado was confirmed near Wainwright, Alberta thanks to photo and video evidence. No damage was reported.
  • June 30 – a confirmed EF0 tornado touched down over Bear Lake, Ontario, and was caught on video by a boater. The video shows the tornado crossing the lake and then head inland, where it quickly dissipated. Only minor tree damage was reported.[141]
  • June 30 – an EF0 tornado was confirmed in the municipality of Laforce, Quebec, uprooting several trees.[142]
  • July 5 – a confirmed tornado touched down in Hartney, Manitoba, 80 km (50 mi) southwest of Brandon. No damage was reported and it was on the ground for under a minute.[143]
  • July 5 – Environment Canada confirmed six tornadoes touched down in central Saskatchewan, giving ratings to two. An EF2 touched down 20 km (12 mi) north of Outlook, and caused extensive damage to farm buildings and trees. An EF0 was also confirmed in Kenaston, knocking over tombstones in a cemetery and damaging trees. The other four tornadoes were not rated and were only on the ground for a brief period. They happened northwest and southwest of Kenaston, and the last two were observed 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Davidson, both being on the ground simultaneously.[144]
  • July 7 – a brief tornado was reported and later confirmed near Norwich, Ontario, south of Woodstock. Environment Canada confirmed the low end EF0 tornado thanks to photographic evidence. No injuries or damage was reported.[145]
  • July 9 – an early morning storm system spawned three tornadoes in southern Quebec. An EF1 tornado touched down near the Sainte-Apolline-de-Patton region, damaging two homes. A second EF1 also touched down near Lambton with minor damage reported. The third tornado struck near Saint-Fabien-de-Panet and was rated an EF2. It caused significant tree damage to a large wooded area. Tornado warnings were in place for both areas at the time.[146]
  • July 15 – two EF0 tornadoes were confirmed near North Bay, Ontario, after strong thunderstorms moved through the area. The first was actually a waterspout over Lake Nipissing, but Environment Canada included it in the tornado count since it was associated with a thunderstorm over a small body of water. The second tornado touched down just south of North Bay/Jack Garland Airport. No damage was reported with either twister.[147]
  • July 26 – three weak tornadoes were confirmed in Manitoba according to Environment Canada. The first two touched the ground briefly near Waterhen, and the third just southeast of La Salle. The tornadoes were not given a rating and there were no reports of damage.[148]
  • July 27 – two tornadoes touched down in Southern Ontario from the result of severe thunderstorms. The first was rated an EF1 and touched down south of Grand Bend, snapping hydro poles and knocking over trees. Some homes and vehicles were also damaged with one serious injury reported.[149] The second confirmed tornado was reported by storm spotters near Millbank, 30 km (19 mi) northwest of Kitchener. Spotters described seeing swirling dust and debris at the bottom of a funnel cloud, indicating that a tornado briefly formed. The tornado was given an low EF0 rating and no damage was reported.[147]
  • July 31 – an EF1 tornado hit the small community of Pont-Rouge, Quebec, as confirmed by Environment Canada, causing significant damage to the roof of a house. Trees were also uprooted and shed was blown away. No injuries were reported.[150]
  • August 5 – Environment Canada confirmed a weak EF0 tornado touched down in Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation (Grassy Narrows First Nation) community in Northwestern Ontario, causing damage to the roof of one house. The tornado was confirmed thanks to eyewitness accounts, archived radar data and photographic evidence.[151]
  • August 19 – two EF0 tornadoes were confirmed by Environment Canada in Southwestern Ontario. The first touched down in Windsor and left a damage path 1.5 km (0.93 mi) long and 150 m (490 ft) wide. A number of trees were snapped and a gazebo was destroyed. The second tornado occurred northeast of Harrow where a barn lost part of its roof.[152]
  • August 20 – a short lived EF0 tornado was confirmed near the town of Erin, Ontario thanks to video evidence. No damage was reported.[153]
  • September 5 – two tornadoes were confirmed in Central Ontario after severe weather swept through the area. The first, an low-end EF0, hit Christian Island causing tree damage.[154] The second tornado was rated an EF1 and touched down in the town of Udney, about 20 km (12 mi) east of Orillia. Six farms, three houses and a community centre storage building were damaged. No injuries were reported.[155]
  • September 10 – an EF1 tornado was confirmed near Port Alma, Ontario, 35 km (22 mi) southwest of Chatham-Kent. Multiple trees were snapped along a 900-metre path.[156]
  • October 6 – a low-end EF1 tornado hit the village of Sheffield, Ontario, about 35 km (22 mi) northwest of Hamilton. It damaged homes along a 1.5 km (0.93 mi) long path, ripping shingles from roofs and destroying a travel trailer. No injuries were reported.[157]


2014 Confirmed Tornadoes
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB TOTAL
0 3 6 4 20 7 0 40
2014 Tornado Strengths
NR EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5
12 14 11 3 0 0 0

2015[edit]

  • May 30 – an EF1 tornado briefly touched down near the community of Bryanston, Ontario, 18 km (11 mi) northeast of London, ripping the roof off a barn. No injuries were reported.[158]
  • June 4 – Environment Canada confirmed an EF0 landspout tornado touched down 5 km (3.1 mi) northwest of Airdrie, Alberta. No damage was reported.[159]
  • June 22 – an EF0 tornado was confirmed near Holmesville, Ontario, 15 km (9.3 mi) southeast of Goderich. A photo posted to Twitter from a storm chaser in the area showed what appeared to be a tornado on the ground. Environment Canada cited "there was minor damage reported in the area, as well as evidence that objects "moved in different directions"". No injuries were reported.[160]
  • June 21 – an unrated tornado was confirmed by Environment Canada near Cochrane, Alberta. Funnel cloud advisories had been in effect for much of Southern Alberta throughout the day.[161]
  • June 24 – two EF0 landspout tornadoes were confirmed in southern Manitoba near the town of Manitou. The first touched down 3 km (1.9 mi) east of the town, and within 30 minutes a second was spotted 7 km (4.3 mi) northwest. Damage was localized to field crops and no injuries were reported. Parts of the province had been under tornado warnings at the time.[162]
  • July 12 – a unrated, small rope-like tornado touched down south of Ninette, Manitoba, about 200 km (120 mi) southwest of Winnipeg. Storm spotters reported it was on the ground for 3 to 5 minutes. No damage or injuries were reported.[163]
  • July 18 – an unrated landspout tornado was confirmed by Environment Canada near Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba, 56 km (35 mi) north of Winnipeg. The weak tornado was on land for approximately 20–30 minutes. There were no reports of injuries or damage.[164]
  • July 22 – a tornado was confirmed near the village of Priddis, Alberta, 40 km (25 mi) southwest of Calgary. Video evidence helped Environment Canada to confirm the brief touchdown, but they did not give it a rating. There were no reports of major damage. Another unrated tornado was also confirmed near Gleichen, causing no damage.[165]
  • July 27 – a high end EF2 tornado was confirmed near Tilston, Manitoba, close to the Manitoba–Saskatchewan and Canada–US borders. The large tornado was up to a kilometre wide at one point, and multiple vortices were seen swirling in fields. It severely damaged a farm, overturning trucks and destroying outbuildings and grain bins. A bridge was also damaged on Provincial Road 256, lifting asphalt from the road. Most significantly it was on the ground for 2.5 to 3 hours, making it the longest lived tornado documented in Canada and possibly one of the longest lived in the world. There were no reports of injuries.[166]
  • August 2 – four tornadoes were confirmed in Southern Ontario after severe storms swept through the southwestern and central parts of the province. An EF2 touched down near Teviotdale, 55 km (34 mi) northwest of Guelph. It destroyed a barn, and severely damaged two houses. Five Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cruisers also sustained damage. Another EF2 was confirmed in Lebanon, 20 km (12 mi) southeast of Listowel, damaging barns and silos, and lifting a sailboat into a line of trees. It left a damage path approximately 5 km (3.1 mi) long.[167] A third tornado, rated an EF1, touched down near Marsville, 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of Orangeville. It left a damage path 2 km (1.2 mi) long, snapping trees and overturning a feed barn. Another EF1 was confirmed in the Millgrove area, north of Hamilton, leaving a small damage path with damage to roofs and trees. Luckily no injuries were reported.[168]
  • August 3 – an EF0 tornado was confirmed in the Matapedia Valley, Quebec, near the parish municipality of Saint-Zénon-du-Lac-Humqui. It caused damage to a farm, completely destroying a warehouse and left a damage path of 2 km (1.2 mi) long and 18 m (60 ft) wide in a nearby wooded area. No injuries were reported.
  • August 5 – Alberta, a tornado was reported on the ground by storm spotters near Langdon, about 35 km (22 mi) east of Calgary. No damage was reported, but Environment Canada later confirmed it as an unrated tornado.[169]
  • August 6 – a tornado was confirmed near Foremost, Alberta, 115 km (71 mi) southeast of Lethbridge. There were no reports of damage.[170]
  • August 7 – a unrated tornado was confirmed near Anola, Manitoba, about 39 km (24 mi) east of Winnipeg. No damage was reported.[171]
  • August 19 – an EF1 tornado touched down in a wooded area northeast of Kapuskasing, Ontario, leaving a narrow swath of tree damage 150 m (490 ft) wide and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) long. Environment Canada was notified of the tree damage thanks to a pilot flying over the area.[172]
  • September 13 – an unrated tornado was confirmed near Didsbury, Alberta causing no damage.
  • October 15 – an EF0 tornado was confirmed in Coniston, Ontario, just east of Sudbury thanks to video evidence and eyewitness reports. Multiple trees were snapped, some homes sustained roof damage and a trampoline was lifted 200 ft (61 m) in the air. No injuries were reported.[173]
2015 Confirmed Tornadoes
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB TOTAL
0 7 0 6 8 1 0 22
2015 Tornado Strengths
NR EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5
9 6 4 3 0 0 0

2016[edit]

  • March 16 – the earliest confirmed tornado in the province's history touched down near Mount Forest, Ontario, damaging a barn and uprooting trees. It was given an EF1 rating and left a path approximately 3.5 km (2.2 mi) long. No injuries were reported.[174]
  • April 13 – an EF0 landspout tornado was confirmed just outside the city of Calgary, Alberta, causing no damage.[175]
  • May 21 – an unrated tornado was confirmed 8 km (5.0 mi) south of Kincaid, Saskatchewan.[176]
  • May 31 – Environment Canada confirmed an EF0 landspout tornado touched down east of Miami, Manitoba, causing no damage.[177]
  • June 2 – an EF0 tornado touched down in Maniwaki, Quebec, damaging buildings and uprooting trees. No injuries were reported.[178]
  • June 3 – Environment Canada confirmed an unrated landspout tornado touched down about 3 km (1.9 mi) southwest of Elgin, Manitoba. It was on the ground for under 5 minutes and no damage was reported.[179]
  • June 19 – two unrated landspout tornadoes were confirmed by Environment Canada near Naicam, Saskatchewan. Both tornadoes were on the ground for less than 5 minutes and caused no damage.[180]
  • June 19 – a confirmed landspout tornado touched down 43 km (27 mi) southwest of Grand Rapids, Manitoba. No damage was reported.[181]
  • June 20 – an EF2 tornado touched down near Lac Verne, Quebec, destroying a cottage and snapping multiple trees. Two people were seriously injured.[182]
  • June 30 – an EF1 tornado was confirmed in Ponoka, Alberta, causing damage to a handful of homes. No injuries were reported.[183]
  • July 1 – two EF0 tornadoes touched down in Central Ontario causing minimal damage. The first occurred over Buckhorn Lake, in Peterborough County. The second tornado was confirmed near Swift Rapids, southwest of Gravenhurst, leaving a narrow damage path about 30 m (98 ft) wide, along the lakeshore.[184]
  • July 1 – an EF0 tornado was confirmed by Environment Canada 20 km (12 mi) west of Didsbury, Alberta causing no damage.[183]
  • July 1 – a confirmed tornado touched down west of Biggar, Saskatchewan in a farmer's field. It was not given a rating and lasted about 5 minutes.[185]
  • July 2 – two EF0 tornadoes were confirmed in Alberta. The first touched down 8 km (5.0 mi) south of Longview, snapping several trees. The second was confirmed approximately 5 km (3.1 mi) northwest of Pekisko causing no damage.[183]
  • July 3 – Environment Canada confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down near Hardisty, Alberta, damaging a farm in the area.[183]
  • July 4 – an EF0 tornado touched down in the area of Métabetchouan–Lac-à-la-Croix, uprooting trees and damaging a farm building.[186]
  • July 6 – a weak EF0 was confirmed through Environment Canada near Monitor, Alberta causing no damage.
  • July 7 – Environment Canada confirmed a non-rated landspout tornado touched down southeast of Estevan, Saskatchewan. No damage was reported.[187]
  • July 10 – an unrated tornado was confirmed near Herbert, Saskatchewan[176]
  • July 13 – an EF0 landspout tornado was confirmed northeast of Endiang, Alberta causing no damage.[188]
  • July 17 – a weak EF0 tornado was confirmed 10 km (6.2 mi) northeast of Okotoks, Alberta causing minor roof damage to homes.[189]
  • July 18 – an EF1 tornado touched down near Roxton Falls, Quebec, in the municipality of Ulverton, destroying a barn and uprooting trees.[190]
  • July 19 – an EF2 tornado was confirmed near Davidson, Saskatchewan, destroying multiple farm buildings.[191][192]
  • July 20 – three tornadoes were confirmed in southern Manitoba, the largest given a preliminary EF1 rating and touching down in the southern part of Long Plain First Nation. Roofs were blown off houses, trees uprooted and some homes were separated from their foundations. It lasted approximately 15 minutes and was on the ground for 9 km (5.6 mi). The two other weak tornadoes touched down near Hartney, and Souris, causing no damage.[193]
  • July 23 – an unrated tornado touched down near Sturgis, Saskatchewan[176]
  • July 23 – Environment Canada confirmed a landspout tornado touched down briefly near Russell, Manitoba. There was no reported damage.[194]
  • July 31 – two EF2 tornadoes were confirmed in East Central Saskatchewan, destroying a house and leaving significant damage to several farms. The first tornado touched down 14 km (8.7 mi) north of Melville, and the second was confirmed near Otthon.[195] Another brief unrated tornado was also confirmed near Rokeby, 15 km (9.3 mi) southeast of Yorkton.[176] No injuries were reported.
  • July 31 – a tornado was confirmed 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Camperville, Manitoba, causing no damage.[196]
  • August 3 – three tornadoes were confirmed in southern Manitoba, the first touching down near Margaret. It was short lived, causing minor damage. A second tornado hit areas west of Glenboro and destroyed a barn, killing 150 sheep.[197] A third tornado was confirmed near Morden, uprooting trees.[181]
  • August 3 – Environment Canada confirmed two unrated tornadoes touched down in Saskatchewan. The first touched down 10 km (6.2 mi) northeast of Bethune,[198] and the second was confirmed north of Rhein.[176]
  • August 4 – a probable landspout tornado touched down east of Vermilion, Alberta. No damage was reported.[199]
  • August 8 – four tornadoes were confirmed in Manitoba by Environment Canada, including two given a preliminary mid to high end EF2 rating. The first touched down in Waywayseecappo First Nation, 280 km (170 mi) northwest of Winnipeg. Seven homes were damaged and one destroyed and the tornado also overturned a school bus. The second EF2 occurred northeast of Erickson, causing roof damage and destroying small structures. Extensive damage was also caused to a nearby forest.[200] Another tornado touched down south of Russell and was given a preliminary rating of EF0 based on tree damage. An unrated fourth tornado occurred near Elphinstone.[200][201][202]
  • August 10 – an unrated landspout tornado was confirmed north of Schuler, Alberta causing no damage.[203]
  • August 11 – a weak EF0 tornado touched down in Delaware, Ontario, removing siding from homes and damaging a crop of corn.[204]
  • August 13 – an EF1 tornado was confirmed in the Port Bolster and Sunset Beach communities of Georgina, Ontario, damaging a boat shelter and other buildings.[205] A second, EF0 tornado also touched down near Ashburn, snapping trees and causing crop damage.[206]
  • August 21 – an EF0 tornado was confirmed 30 km (19 mi) northwest of Edson, Alberta, causing tree damage.[207]
  • August 24 – two tornadoes touched down in Essex County, Ontario after a supercell thunderstorm developed over the Detroit River. An EF1 was confirmed in LaSalle, lasting for approximately 2 km (1.2 mi) and leaving minimal damage. After it lifted, another stronger tornado, an EF2, struck the nearby city of Windsor. It damaged multiple buildings near the E. C. Row Expressway and Central Avenue along an 8 km (5.0 mi) path. Three people were injured.[208]
  • August 24 – an unconfirmed landspout tornado occurred near Eddystone, Manitoba. No damage was reported.[209]
  • August 26 - a tornado was confirmed near Melfort, Saskatchewan.[210]
  • August 30 – an EF0 landspout tornado briefly touched down 20 km (12 mi) north of New Liskeard, Ontario, causing no damage.[211]
  • September 10 – a thunderstorm producing a waterspout over Lake Ontario that came ashore as an EF0 tornado in Prince Edward County, Ontario, tracking 3.5 km (2.2 mi) to the east before dissipating. The twister snapped limbs off trees and caused minor property damage. No injuries were reported.[212]
  • October 17 – an EF1 tornado was confirmed in Stayner, Ontario, snapping multiple trees and overturning a large camper trailer.[213]
2016 Confirmed Tornadoes
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB TOTAL
0 12 14 15 11 4 0 56
2016 Tornado Strengths
NR EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5
23 18 8 7 0 0 0

2017[edit]

  • April 11 - an EF1 tornado was confirmed near Thamesford, Ontario, northeast of London, damaging a barn and knocking over utility poles along a 11 km (6.8 mi) path. No injuries were reported.[214]
  • May 14 - two landspout tornadoes were confirmed north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, near the towns of Hepburn and Hoey. Damage to a horse shed was reported.[215]
  • June 2 - an EF1 tornado touched down near Three Hills, Alberta, approximately 125 km (78 mi) northeast of Calgary, snapping trees, damaging a roof and destroying an RV. No injuries were reported.[216]
  • June 9 - Environment Canada confirmed an EF0 landspout touched down in Mannville, Alberta, 170 km (110 mi) east of Edmonton. No damage was reported.[217]
  • June 14 - a tornado was confirmed near Dryden, Ontario.[218]
  • June 18 - eleven tornadoes were confirmed in Quebec, marking the province's largest tornado outbreak ever recorded. The strongest, an EF3, struck near Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs, Quebec, completely leveling two homes along a 30 km (19 mi) track. Four EF2 tornadoes touched down including one near Hébertville, which left a damage path 22.5 km (14.0 mi) in length. Five EF1 twisters were also confirmed, as well as an EF0 in the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve. Originally only four tornadoes were confirmed, but the total was changed in 2018 after extensive research thanks to a team from Western University and Environment and Climate Change Canada embarked on a challenging and far-reaching study called The Northern Tornadoes Project.[218]
  • June 21 - an EF0 tornado touched down near Sapotaweyak Cree Nation in Manitoba, approximately 600 km (370 mi) northwest of Winnipeg. It lasted only a few minutes and no damage was reported.[219]
  • July 1 - an EF0 tornado was confirmed near Sangudo, Alberta, approximately 120 km (75 mi) northwest of Edmonton. A meteorologist with Environment Canada said the touchdown was brief and no one was injured.[220]
  • July 5 - an EF2 tornado touched down in Alida, Saskatchewan, severely damaging a house. No injuries were reported.[221]
  • July 6 - an EF2 tornado was confirmed in Quetico Provincial Park in northwestern Ontario thanks to aerial reconnaissance by the Provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. It flattened trees along a 100 meter wide and 2 km (1.2 mi) long path in the Ottertrack Lake area. No injuries were reported.[222]
  • July 9 - Sunchild First Nation, Alberta was hit with an EF0 tornado causing no damage.[223]
  • July 10 - a EF0 tornado was confirmed 13 km (8.1 mi) northwest of Calgary International Airport. No damage was reported.[224]
  • July 10 - an unconfirmed tornado was reported on the ground approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) west of Laporte, Saskatchewan.[225]
  • July 12 - two EF0 tornadoes were confirmed in Ontario, the first touching down north of Lucan, leaving a 170 meter wide, 5 km (3.1 mi) damage path and overturning multiple camper trailers at a local storage facility.[226] The second tornado formed over Lake Simcoe as a tornadic waterspout. No damage was reported.[227]
  • July 13 - Two tornadoes were confirmed in Alberta after severe weather swept through the province. The first, an EF1, touched down 5 km (3.1 mi) northwest of Breton, Alberta snapping multiple trees and damaging roofs. The second tornado touched down near Athabasca over an open field and no damage was reported. The twister was given a preliminary EF0 rating. No injuries were reported.[228]
  • July 21 - Six tornadoes were confirmed in southern Saskatchewan; the first two touching down north of Lanigan. The other four touched down near the town of Quill Lake, near Fishing Lake, near Jansen and between Wapella and Rocanville. Environment Canada has not yet rated any of these tornadoes, and no damage was reported.[229]
  • July 25 - an unrated tornado was confirmed near Dryden, Ontario.[218]
  • August 4 - three tornadoes were confirmed in Ontario's Cottage country after an afternoon of severe weather. The first tornado, an EF1, touched down near the community of Utterson, leaving a 4.2 km (2.6 mi) long path, snapping numerous trees. The second, also an EF1, left a 1 km (0.62 mi) damage path on the south side of Huntsville before heading out over Fairy Lake as a tornadic waterspout. Trees were snapped, docks were flipped and many cottages sustained roof damage. The third tornado was rated as an EF2 and touched down in the Lake of Bays area. It carved a 9 km (5.6 mi) path from Pell Lake to Dotty Lake, snapping numerous trees and causing structural damage to cottages. No injuries were reported.[230]
  • August 5 - an EF1 tornado touched down in Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec, snapping trees and destroying buildings. The damage was contained to 4 properties in the area and no injuries were reported.[231]
  • August 11 - Environment Canada confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Southern Ontario. The first occurred near Leamington, and damaged solar panels and a greenhouse. It was given an EF0 rating. The second was a much stronger EF2 tornado, and struck near Hawkesville, approximately 20 km (12 mi) northwest of Waterloo. It tore a 5 km (3.1 mi) path which damaged farm buildings and sheds, knocked heavy machinery over and snapped power poles. Luckily no injuries were reported.[232]
  • August 22 - an EF1 tornado touched down in Lachute, Quebec, approximately 62 km (39 mi) northwest of Montreal, destroying 20 homes and damaging over 300. No injuries were reported.[233]
  • September 22 - an EF0 tornado touched down in Northwestern Ontario near Werner Lake, approximately 80 km (50 mi) northwest of Kenora, damaging a remote cabin and nearby trees. No injuries were reported.[234]
  • October 7 - a weak, EF0 landspout tornado was confirmed near Jenner, Alberta, approximately 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Medicine Hat. No damage was reported.[235]
  • October 15 - an EF0 tornado touched down in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, approximately 240 km (150 mi) northwest of Montreal, damaging 6 homes. No injuries were reported.[236]
2017 Confirmed Tornadoes
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB TOTAL
0 8 9 1 12 14 0 44
2017 Tornado Strengths
NR EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5
11 12 11 9 1 0 0

2018[edit]

2018 Confirmed Tornadoes
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB TOTAL
0 2 16 5 9 4 0 36
2018 Tornado Strengths
NR EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5
7 18 6 3 1 1 0

2019[edit]

See also[edit]

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