Cobden, ON F0 Tornado of May 22, 1984

Renfrew - Pembroke - Barry's Bay

This ominous looking tornado first appeared as a cloud of smoke swirling in a farm field near Cobden. It was witnessed by a local man who was sitting in his truck on a neighbouring farm in the Zion Line area. Another farmer nearby saw the tornado go through his farm property as a large black cloud which ripped the large piece of the roof off one his bars, depositing it on a nearby wagon. A few trees were uprooted throughout the farm as well. The tornado was seen travelling towards Forester’s Falls where it was described as exploding. It is believed the tornado dissipated at or near the Ottawa river after uprooting trees at a whitewater rafting company after tracking for about 12 km.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (2018), an F0 tornado touched down near Cobden, ON at 6:30 pm EDT. The track length and width was not catalogued by ECCC. The tornado caused no fatalities, injuries or property damage.


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