Curries, ON F1 Tornado of June 16, 1986

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This was the second of three damaging tornadoes that sliced through Southern and Eastern Ontario on June 16th; it touched down at 3:45 pm and struck the village of Curries to the south of Woodstock. Witnesses reportedly observed the tornado as it caused damage in the community. Two barns and one metal outbuilding were destroyed, and two houses were also significantly damaged, one of which was shifted off of its foundation.

The other tornadoes that ripped through South Central and Eastern Ontario on this day were even more powerful and destructive. A long-track F2 tornado near Haliburton damaged and destroyed dozens of homes and cottages, while another damaging F2 passed from Elphin to Drummond Centre.

Figure 1 depicts a strong low pressure system sitting in central Quebec with a cold front stretching into the Midwest of the United States. This cold front became the focus for convection in the afternoon of June 16th.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 18Z on June 16, 1986 showing mean sea-level pressure (MSLP) contours, surface observations, fronts and pressure centres (WPC, 2017).

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (2018), an F1 tornado touched down at 3:45 pm EDT near Curries, ON. The track and width of this tornado was not documented by ECCC. The tornado caused no injuries, fatalities or property damage.


NWS Weather Prediction Center Surface Analysis Archive. (2017). Surface analysis 18Z Mon Jun 16 1986. Retrieved from:

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