Ardrossan, AB F0 Tornado of August 3, 1983

Leduc - Camrose - Wetaskiwin - Tofield

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 7:00 am EST, which shows a low pressure system in Central Alberta with a cold front extending south across Montana. This front became the focus for thunderstorms in the evening hours of August 3rd, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 7:00 am on August 3, 1983 showing mean sea-level pressure (MSLP) contours, surface observations, fronts and pressure centres (NOAA, 2020)

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (2018), an F0 tornado touched down at 7:30 pm MDT near Ardrossan, AB. The path and width of the tornado was not documented by ECCC. No property damage was documented for this tornado.


NOAA Central Library. (2019). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Wednesday August 3, 1983 [PDF]. Retrieved from

Environment and Climate Change Canada Data. (2018). Canadian National Tornado Database: Verified Events (1980-2009) – Public. Retrieved from: