Beaumont, AB F2 Tornado of July 31, 1987

Leduc - Camrose - Wetaskiwin - Tofield

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 12:00 pm MDT, which shows a cold front moving across Alberta. This front became the focus for intense thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening hours of July 31st, which ultimately led to a tornado outbreak.

Eight tornadoes occurred on this day, the other tornadoes were:

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 18Z on July 31, 1987 showing mean sea-level pressure (MSLP) contours, surface observations, fronts and pressure centres (WPC, 2017)

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (2018), an F2 tornado touched down at 3:01 pm MDT near Beaumont, AB. The tornado travelled for 7.26 km and had a maximum width of 205 metres.


NWS Weather Prediction Center Surface Analysis Archive. (2017). Surface analysis 18Z Fri Jul 31 1987. Retrieved from:

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