Fairfax, MB F1 Tornado of May 22, 2000

Killarney - Pilot Mound - Manitou

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 7:00 pm CDT, which shows a trough of low pressure moving east across southern Manitoba and a low pressure across northeastern North Dakota. The interaction between the low pressure and the trough triggered thunderstorms in the afternoon hours of May 22nd, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 00Z on May 23, 2000 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 6:30 pm CDT near Fairfax, MB. The path and width of the tornado was not documented by ECCC. The tornado caused no fatalities, injuries or property damage.


NWS Weather Prediction Center Surface Analysis Archive. (2017). Surface analysis 00Z Tue May 23 2000. Retrieved from: https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/archives/web_pages/sfc/sfc_archive.php

Environment and Climate Change Canada Data. (2018). Canadian National Tornado Database: Verified Events (1980-2009) – Public. Retrieved from: http://donnees.ec.gc.ca/data/weather/products/canadian-national-tornado-database-verified-events-1980-2009-public/