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Default 2013 Tornado & Thunderstorm Statistics

THUNDERSTORMS (16) (for St. Catharines, that I've personally been witness to):
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Date / Time / Cloud Tops / Description:
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Apr.8 / 21:00 / 25,000ft / Frequent and almost constant lightning and thunder, heavy downpours. Started off weak but became intense.
Apr.9 / 21:15 / 25,000ft / Moderate rain, rumbles of thunder.
Apr.10 / 15:00 / 45,000ft / Torrential downpour, frequent CC lightning and loud thunder, heavy winds.
Apr.18 / 05:20 / 25,000ft / A few small rumblings of thunder.
May.21 / 02:00 / 35,000ft / Moderate lightning and thunder, rain, light winds.
May.21 / 19:20 / 30,000ft / A bit of thunder/lightning and light rain as small thunderstorm cell passed over
May.29 / 03:00 / 30,000ft / Mixed cells that lasted for 2hrs passing over, producing loud thunder and bright lightning. Moderate winds/rain.
Jun.01 / 16:00 / 40,000ft / Things when dark fast with intense rain and winds. Minimal thunder, no visible lightning.
Jul.03 / 22:00 / 35,000ft / Moderate lightning/thunder. Light rain, moderate winds
Jul.04 / 00:10 / 40,000ft / Frequent lightning/thunder, heavy rain, moderate wind.
Jul.10 / 17:15 / 40,000ft / Light rain and wind, rumbling thunder, minimal visible lightning. Hail reported in other part of city.
Jul.19 / 18:30 / 55,000ft / Tornado warning. Massive line of thunderstorms passed over. Very strong wind gusts, downed trees, minimal thunder/lightning, light rain. Turns to continuous non-stop lightning, heavy rain and winds. Power out, downed trees, flooding. READ FULL THREAD ON THIS STORM HERE.
Jul.23 / 19:00 / 35,000ft / Formed right overhead starting off as 2 small 20k top cells. Developed into strong line of tstorms, 35k tops. Heavy rain, light wind, moderate thunder. Info and videos here.
Aug.01 / 05:00 / 30,000ft / light rain and winds, minimal thunder, no visible lightning.
Aug.26 / 13:45 / 45,000ft / frequent thunder and lightning, moderate rain. Power out in St. Catharines.
Sep.12 / ??:?? / ??? / Woke up during the night from some very loud thunder.
Dec.22 / 02:00 / 30,000ft / moderate rain with temps at -4C, ice forming on trees and the odd flash of lightning. No audible thunder.

TORNADOS (23):

Apr.18 / 17:45 / Shelburne / EF1 /
THE KEY DAMAGE NOTED AT THIS SCENE WAS A BARN WITH ITS ROOF AND TWO WALLS REMOVED WITH SOME PIECES OF THE BARN FIRMLY EMBEDDED INTO THE GROUND AT A DISTANCE OF 50 TO 100 METRES FROM THE ORIGINAL LOCATION. THE TOTAL LENGTH OF THE DAMAGE PATH WAS 500 METRES WITH A WIDTH OF 75 METRES. INVESTIGATIONS ARE CONTINUING IN THIS AREA THAT MAY RESULT IN THE LENGTH AND WIDTH OF THE DAMAGE TRACK CHANGING OR OF THE POSSIBILITY OF OTHER TORNADOES. THIS STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE. Full summary here.
May.21 / 15:00 / Glenarm / EF2 / AN ENVIRONMENT CANADA DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM HAS CONFIRMED THE OCCURRENCE OF THE SECOND TORNADO OF THE SEASON IN ONTARIO. AT APPROXIMATELY 3 PM EDT, NEAR THE SMALL COMMUNITY OF GLENARM ABOUT 12 KILOMETRES TO THE WEST OF FENELON FALLS, AN ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE 2 (EF-2) TORNADO OCCURRED. THE MAIN DAMAGE THAT VERIFIED THIS RATING WAS THE ROOF BEING REMOVED FROM A HOUSE IN THAT AREA. THIS DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT WITH THE LOW END OF THE EF-2 CATEGORY OR WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 180 AND 200 KILOMETRES PER HOUR.
May.21 / 13:30 / Elmvale / EF0 / AT APPROXIMATELY 1:30 PM EDT ON TUESDAY MAY 21, AN ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE ZERO (EF-0) OCCURRED NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF ELMVALE WHICH IS ABOUT 18 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF MIDLAND. THE PEAK WINDS INVOLVED IN THIS EVENT WERE BETWEEN 90 AND 130 KILOMETERS PER HOUR. THE LENGTH OF DAMAGE WAS 570 METRES AND THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS 50 METRES. THE TORNADO UPROOTED OR SNAPPED ABOUT A DOZEN MATURE TREES AND DID VERY MINOR DAMAGE TO A BARN ROOF.
May.21 / 14:00 / Dalston / EF0 / AT APPROXIMATELY 2:00 PM EDT ON TUESDAY MAY 21, ANOTHER ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE ZERO (EF-0) TORNADO OCCURRED NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF DALSTON WHICH IS ABOUT 12 KILOMETRES NORTH OF BARRIE. THE LENGTH OF DAMAGE WAS 4.5 KILOMETRES AND THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS 500 METRES. AT LEAST 50 MATURE TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED OFF ALONG THE TRACK AND THE CAP OF A FARM SILO WAS DAMAGED.
May.22 / 22:30 / near Mallorytown / EF0 / ENVIRONMENT CANADA HAS CONFIRMED THE OCCURRENCE OF THE 7TH TORNADO OF THE SEASON BASED ON THE TESTIMONY OF A TRUCK DRIVER DRIVING ON HIGHWAY 401 NEAR MALLORYTOWN AT ABOUT 10:30 PM ON MAY 22ND. THE TRUCK DRIVER EXPERIENCED TRUCK MOVEMENT CONSISTENT WITH THE PASSAGE OF A WEAK TORNADO. IT IS THEREFORE BEING CLASSIFIED AS A LOW END EF-0 WITH MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS AT THE GROUND REACHING 90 KM/H.
May.29 / 19:00 / near Casselman / EF0 / BASED ON VIDEO EVIDENCE AND OBSERVED DAMAGE 4 KM SOUTHEAST OF CASSELMAN ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 29TH ABOUT 7PM. THERE HAS BEEN INTERMITTEN WIND DAMAGE REPORTED ALONG A NARROW PATH OF 9 KM LONG, THUS IT IS BEING CLASSIFIED AS A LOW END EF-0 WITH MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS AT THE GROUND REACHING 90 KM/H.
Jun.1 / 20:15 / Kenilworth / EF0 / BASED UPON VISUAL AND DESCRIPTIVE EVIDENCE FROM A CANWARN TRAINED STORM SPOTTER, ENVIRONMENT CANADA HAS CONFIRMED THE OCCURRENCE OF THE 5TH TORNADO OF THE SEASON IN ONTARIO. AT APPROXIMATELY 8.15 PM ON SATURDAY 01-JUNE, A STORM SPOTTER REPORTED AND TRACKED A FUNNEL CLOUD NEAR KENILWORTH, AND OBSERVED THE CIRCULATION BRIEFLY REACHING THE GROUND TWICE. AS OF 10.30 AM TODAY THERE ARE NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE FROM THIS TORNADO, AS IT APPEARS TO HAVE TOUCHED DOWN IN AN INACCESSIBLE PART OF A FORESTED AREA. THUS IT IS BEING CLASSIFIED AS A LOW END EF-0 WITH MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS AT THE GROUND JUST REACHING 90 KM/H. ON AN INTERESTING NOTE, THERE WAS NO LIGHTNING OR THUNDER REPORTED IN THE AREA WHEN THE TORNADO OCCURRED. Video and chase log here.
Jun.16 / 18:50 / Beaver Lake / EF0 / Environment Canada has confirmed the occurrence of the 8th tornado Of the season in Ontario based upon photographic evidence. The Photos were taken in Beaver Lake, 46 km southwest of Sudbury, at approximately 6:50 PM on Sunday June 16th. They show a weak funnel cloud rotating and briefly reaching the ground. There have been no reports of damage from this tornado. Thus, it Is being classified as a low end ef-0 with maximum wind speeds at The ground just reaching 90 km/h.
Jun.28 / 15:45 / Springwater / EF0 / BASED UPON DESCRIPTIVE EVIDENCE FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE, THE 9TH TORNADO IN ONTARIO OCCURRED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 28 AT APPROXIMATELY 3:45 PM IN SPRINGWATER, ABOUT 10 KM NORTHWEST OF BARRIE. IT IS BEING CLASSIFIED AS A LOW END ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE
ZERO (EF-0) WITH MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS AT THE GROUND JUST REACHING 90 KM/H. NO DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED.
Jul.18 / 22:00 / n. of Massey / EF1 /AT AROUND 10 P.M. ON JULY 18, A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS MOVED THROUGH THE REGION TO THE NORTH OF LAKE HURON. ONE OF THESE STORMS PRODUCED TREE DAMAGE AND SOME MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE IN AN AREA JUST NORTH OF MASSEY, WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY 85 KILOMETRES SOUTHWEST OF GREATER SUDBURY. AN ENVIRONMENT CANADA STORM INVESTIGATOR VIEWED THE DAMAGE EARLIER THIS MONTH AND FOUND A DAMAGE PATH ROUGHLY 250 METRES WIDE AND 7 KILOMETRES LONG. THE DAMAGE TO THE TREES AND STRUCTURES WAS CONSISTENT WITH AN ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE ONE (EF-1) TORNADO, WITH PEAK WINDS BETWEEN 135 AND 175 KILOMETRES PER HOUR.
Jul.19 / ??:?? / Teviotdale / EF0 /
AN EF0 TORNADO WAS CONFIRMED IN TEVIOTDALE, JUST SOUTH OF MOUNT FOREST, ON JULY 19 2013
Jul.29 / 17:00 / Ottawa / EF0 / BASED UPON VIDEO EVIDENCE AND A DAMAGE INSPECTION IN THE OTTAWA AREA, ENVIRONMENT CANADA HAS CONFIRMED THE OCCURRENCE OF THE 10TH TORNADO OF THE SEASON IN ONTARIO. NEAR 5 PM ON MONDAY JULY 29, A FUNNEL CLOUD WAS OBSERVED IN THE BLAIR ROAD AREA OF OTTAWA. AS THE STORM MOVED ACROSS THE PINE VIEW GOLF COURSE, INTERMITTENT TREE DAMAGE ALONG A 100 METRE WIDE TRACK OCCURRED. AS A RESULT OF THE DAMAGE INVESTIGATION THE EVENT IS BEING CLASSIFIED AS A LOW END ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE (EF-0) TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS AT THE GROUND BETWEEN 90 AND 110 KM/H. Info and video here.
Aug.1 / 09:00 / Ottawa / EF0 / ENVIRONMENT CANADA HAS CONFIRMED THE OCCURRENCE OF THE 11TH TORNADO OF THE SEASON IN ONTARIO BASED ON A DETAILED EYE WITNESS ACCOUNT NEAR CARLETON PLACE (TO THE SOUTHWEST OF OTTAWA). A BRIEF TORNADO WAS OBSERVED THIS MORNING AT APPROXIMATELY 9 A.M. NEAR HIGHWAY 7 JUST SOUTH OF CARLETON PLACE. IT WAS SPOTTED IN A FIELD WITH VISIBLE ROTATION AND EVIDENT FROM THE CLOUD BASE TO THE GROUND. NO BUILDINGS OR TREES WERE IMPACTED SO THERE WAS NO DAMAGE. AS A RESULT, THE EVENT IS BEING CLASSIFIED AS A LOW END ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE ZERO TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS AT THE GROUND NEAR 90 KILOMETRES PER HOUR.
Aug.2 / ??:?? / Magiskan / EF0 / EF0 TORNADO OCCURRED IN MAGISKAN LAKE, NORTHEAST OF COCHRANE, ON AUGUST 2ND 2013
Aug.7 / 17:30 / 5km NW of Haliburton / EF1 / AT APPROXIMATELY 5:30 P.M., A SWATH OF TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED ABOUT 5 KILOMETRES TO THE NORTHWEST OF HALIBURTON. ENVIRONMENT CANADA WAS RECENTLY PROVIDED WITH AERIAL IMAGERY OF THIS DAMAGE. BASED UPON THE LONG AND RELATIVELY NARROW TRACK OF TREE DAMAGE, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED AS AN EF-1 TORNADO.
Aug.7 / ??:?? / Lake Head / EF0 / THE ORIGINAL STORM SUMMARY FOR THE OUTBREAK OF AUGUST 7 MENTIONED A WATERSPOUT BEING CONFIRMED OVER HEAD LAKE IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE KAWARTHA LAKES REGION. WATERSPOUTS ARE, BY DEFINITION, TORNADOES THAT OCCUR OVER WATER. WHILE GREAT LAKES WATERSPOUTS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROVINCIAL TORNADO COUNT UNLESS THEY COME ASHORE, WATERSPOUTS FORMING IN ASSOCIATION WITH THUNDERSTORMS OVER SMALLER BODIES OF WATER HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE TORNADO DATABASE IN THE PAST. THEREFORE, THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN ADDED TO THE TORNADO COUNT FOR THIS YEAR IN ONTARIO. IT HAS BEEN RATED AS AN ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE ZERO TORNADO (EF-0), WITH PEAK WINDS BETWEEN 90 AND 130 KILOMETRES PER HOUR, BECAUSE NO APPRECIABLE DAMAGE WAS CAUSED.
Aug.7 / ??:?? / Carnarvon / EF0 / AN ENVIRONMENT CANADA STORM DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM TRAVELLED THE AREA FRIDAY AROUND CARNARVON, NORTH OF MINDEN, AND CONFIRMED THAT AN ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE ZERO (EF-0) TORNADO MOVED OVER THAT AREA WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE TORNADO TRACK WAS 2.25 KILOMETRES LONG. THE WIDTH OF THE TRACK WAS DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE AS THE TORNADO WAS MAINLY OVER THE WATER OF NEARBY BOSHKUNG LAKE. NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWN AS A RESULT OF THIS TORNADO. More here.
Aug.7 / ??:?? / Arthur-Grand Valley area / EF0 / AN ENVIRONMENT CANADA STORM INVESTIGATOR TRAVELLED THE AREA BETWEEN ARTHUR AND GRAND VALLEY THURSDAY AND CONFIRMED THAT AN ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE ZERO (EF-0) TORNADO MOVED THROUGH THAT AREA WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE TORNADO TRACK WAS 4.5 KILOMETRES LONG AND 100 METRES WIDE. More here.
Aug.7 / ??:?? / Orillia / EF0 / WITH A COMBINATION OF EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS, IMAGES OF LOCALIZED DAMAGE AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE, AN EF-0 TORNADO WAS CONFIRMED IN THE ORILLIA AREA. More here.
Aug.7 / ??:?? / Northern Kawartha Lakes / Waterspout / EYEWITNESS AND PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE WERE ALSO INSTRUMENTAL IN CONFIRMING A WATERSPOUT OVER HEAD LAKE IN THE NORTHERN KAWARTHA LAKES AREA WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. AT THIS POINT IT APPEARS THE WATERSPOUT STAYED OVER THE LAKE AND DID NOT COME ONSHORE. IF EVIDENCE COMES TO LIGHT THAT THERE WAS A TRACK OF DAMAGE ONSHORE FROM THIS EVENT THEN IT WOULD ALSO BE CATEGORIZED AS A TORNADO. More here.
Sep.1 / 18:00 / near Fergus / EF0 /
BASED UPON VIDEO AND EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY FROM A CANWARN-TRAINEDSTORM SPOTTER, ENVIRONMENT CANADA HAS CONFIRMED THE OCCURRENCE OF THE 18TH TORNADO OF THE SEASON IN ONTARIO. AT APPROXIMATELY 6:00 PM ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, A STORM SPOTTER REPORTED AND FILMED A TORNADO IN A FIELD NEAR FERGUS WHICH IS ABOUT 20 KILOMETRES NORTH OF GUELPH. SINCE NO DAMAGE WAS REPORTED WITH THIS EVENT, IT IS BEING CLASSIFIED AS A LOW END ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE ZERO (EF0) TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WINDS TO 110 KILOMETRES PER HOUR.
Sep.1 / 18:30 / west of Salem / AGAIN ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, A SECOND TORNADO WAS SPOTTED AT AROUND 6:30 PM IN A FIELD TO THE WEST OF SALEM WHICH IS ABOUT 25 KILOMETRES TO THE NORTHWEST OF GUELPH. THE TORNADO WAS SHORT-LIVED AND AGAIN CAUSED NO APPARENT DAMAGE. THIS EVENT CONSTITUTES THE 19TH TORNADO OF THE YEAR AND WAS ALSO RATED AS A LOW END EF0 TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WINDS TO 110 KILOMETRES PER HOUR.
Nov.23 / ??:?? / north of Prescott / EF1 / ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, AS A SHARP COLD FRONT CROSSED EASTERN ONTARIO, A VERY RARE LATE SEASON TORNADO TOOK SOME RESIDENTS JUST NORTH OF PRESCOTT BY SURPRISE. THE TORNADO WAS SPUN FROM A VIGOROUS STORM LEAVING SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO A FARM SILO AND OTHER MINOR DAMAGE IN THE AREA. IT WAS RATED AN ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE ONE TORNADO (EF1) WITH WINDS ESTIMATED AT 150 KILOMETRES PER HOUR. THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE RANGES FROM 0 TO 5, 5 BEING THE STRONGEST.
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