May 31, Widespread severe thunderstorms, 2 (possible) tornados.
MAY 31 - 2002
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS, TORNADOSI almost typed in "1985" after May at the title up above. As many will remember, May 31st is the day of the "Barrie Tornado" of 1985. (There were actually numerous tornados touching down throughout the area that day, Barrie being the place of the worst destruction).
Today started off with a boom, literally. I awoke around 7am to thunder and moderate rain. The storms continued throughout the day in various areas. Watches and warnings were issue by Environment Canada as things developed.
2 possible tornadoes - 1 west of Barrie (11:34am) near Hwy.90 and another in North Bay (4:22pm) near Hwy. 11 (photo below)
Photo credit: John Fergsuon - North Bay, On
St. Catharines, 2pm video captures (vidcaps) - click thumbnail to view :
Still photos (scanned from film - I overexposed them a bit) :
GENERAL WEATHER STATEMENT
ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA. REGIONAL CENTRE TORONTO ONTARIO.
6.46 PM EDT FRIDAY 31 MAY 2002. THUNDERSTORMS ROAR ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF ONTARIO..
STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS SWEPT ACROSS SOUTHERN ONTARIO
THIS MORNING AS A COLD FRONT SWEPT ACROSS THE DISTRICT. THE
THUNDERSTORMS MOVED INTO EASTERN ONTARIO DURING THE AFTERNOON.
THERE WERE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF SMALL HAIL AND HEAVY DOWNPOURS
GIVING 15 TO 25 MM OF RAIN OVER A FEW MINUTES. MUCH OF THE SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY..INCLUDING A POSSIBLE TORNADO SIGHTING..WAS
REPORTED IN THE BARRIE AREA. THIS IS THE 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
INFAMOUS BARRIE TORNADO OUTBREAK OF 31-MAY-1985. MEANWHILE AS THE THUNDERSTORMS WERE MOVING OUT OF EASTERN ONTARIO
LATE THIS AFTERNOON..A SECOND COLD FRONT TRIGGERED MORE STRONG TO
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS OVER NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO. STRONG WINDS WERE
REPORTED AT TIMMINS AND A FUNNEL CLOUD SIGHTED FROM NORTH BAY.
REPORTS RECEIVED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA AS OF 6.30 PM EDT
ARE FOUND IN THE TABLE BELOW. LOCATION TIME COMMENTS
LONDON 8.25 AM PEA SIZE HAIL
23 MM RAIN ANGUS 11.05 AM SMALL TREES DOWN
(SW BARRIE) (8 CM TRUNK DIAMETER)
11 MM DIAMETER HAIL BARRIE 11.15 AM GOLF BALL (45 MM) SIZE HAIL
90 KM/H WINDS
HYDRO POLES DOWN ANGUS 11.20 AM GOLF BALL (45 MM) SIZE HAIL
(SE OWEN SOUND) 11.25 AM 20 MM (NICKEL) SIZE HAILBARRIE 11.30 AM 12 MM (MARBLE) SIZE HAIL
HWY 90 JUST 11.34 AM POSSIBLE TORNADO
W OF BARRIE BLACKSTOCK 12.00 NOON TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS
(NR PORT PERRY) PEA SIZED HAIL COVERING THE GROUNDTIMMINS 4.00 PM WIND GUST 104 KM/H
DOWNTOWN OTTAWA 4.10 PM LARGE (CENTURY OLD) TREE BROKEN
IN HALF BY STRONG WIND GUSTNORTH BAY AIRPORT 4.22 PM FUNNEL CLOUD
POSSIBLE BRIEF TOUCH DOWN
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Re: May 31, Widespread severe thunderstorms, 2 (possible) tornados.
I remember that day. We shut down early because the power went off and we were standing at the edge of out garage on HWY 90 and looking at the wind, the greenish looking sky and the hail plumeting down. Storms don't scare me but this one gave me shivers...this was the first time I learned about the May 31st 1985 tornado. Then I was scared. What are the chances?!?!?
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