Aug 07 2013

Head Lake, ON

EF0 Tornado

EF0 elephant trunk tornado hits Head Lake, leaves stunned cottagers, no damage

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Date
August 7
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Location
Head Lake, ON
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Rating
EF0
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Damage Estimate
0
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Injuries
0
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Deaths
0

This EF0 tornado was spawned over Head Lake and was caught on camera by stunned cottagers as it touched down for several minutes. It formed beneath a broad and ragged wall cloud, first appearing as a circular spray of water beneath a slender cone; it then condensed downward to form a narrow elephant trunk. The tornado likely dissipated just as it reached the shoreline.

Several cottagers videotaped the event, with one video showing what may be a second rope tornado touching down alongside the first, but somewhat obscured by trees in the foreground. In another eyewitness video, a couple can be heard discussing two tornadoes over the lake and, indeed, their footage does seem to show two distinct circulations over the water; the second of which is more formidable and appears to reach the shore. Regardless, Environment Canada confirmed only one tornado at Head Lake and so this is officially documented as a single tornado.

This was one of five tornadoes that touched down on August 7, 2013. The others:

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