Fairford Reserve, MB Tornado of July 26, 1980

Arborg - Hecla - Fisher River - Gypsumville

Figure 1 shows the surface observations at 7:00 am CDT, which shows southern Manitoba being generally in an area of fair weather (high pressure). This leads us to believe that a lake-breeze boundary may have set up northeast of Lake Manitoba, which could have led to thunderstorm development in the Interlakes region.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for July 26, 1980 at 7:00 am CDT (NOAA, 2020).

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (2018), an F0 tornado touched down at 6:55 pm CDT near Fairford, MB. The track and width of this tornado was not documented by ECCC. The tornado caused no injuries, fatalities or property damage.


NOAA Central Library. (2020). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Saturday July 26, 1980 [PDF]. Retrieved from https://library.noaa.gov/Collections/Digital-Collections/US-Daily-Weather-Maps

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/