So it turns out there was a Tornado on July 19th, not just an intense Damaging Wind Outbreak. And a rare, late season Tornado (or Snownado as some are calling it) touched down on November 23rd! Wow!
..2013 tornado count updated..
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.
Two more investigations were also completed in November. An EF0 tornado was confirmed in Teviotdale, just south of Mount Forest, on July 19 2013 and another EF0 Tornado occurred in Magiskan Lake, Northeast of Cochrane, on August 2nd 2013. The total count of Tornadoes in Ontario in 2013 now stands at 22.
The Ontario Tornado season normally runs from late April to early October and, on average, 12 Tornadoes are verified. Other occurrences of late season Tornadoes in Ontario are the Leamington Tornado on November 29 1919, the Exeter Tornado on December 12 1946, and the Hamilton Tornado on November 9 2005.
Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial information and does not constitute a complete or final report.
(Image is just a stock Tornado photo, not one from Ontario. I believe it was taken a few years ago in Saskatchewan.)
We've been debating posting this video internally here at Ontario Tornado Watch but the majority of us feel everyone deserves to see this.
Thankfully Marc Wells and his daughter Josie were unharmed during this terrifying Tornado.
This video is from Sunday's Tornado outbreak that came within 47km of reaching Southern Ontario. More specifically, from the EF4 Tornado that devastated Washington, Illinois.
This would be an equivalent strength Tornado to the 1985 monster that tore through Barrie. The difference is, Barrie's was wrapped in rain so the funnel was incredibly difficult to see.
This video demonstrates the incredibly intense and horrifying reality of dealing with a Tornado hitting your home. More importantly, it shows how important being informed, watching the skies and having a game plan during a day with Tornado potential really is.