Fergus, ON F0 Tornado of June 2, 1998

Waterloo - Wellington

This tornado touched down at around 4:00 pm and was observed by area residents. Trees were snapped and uprooted and a garage had its roof torn off.

This was one of four tornadoes to touch down in Southern Ontario on June 2nd. The others:

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 2:00 pm EDT, which depicts a strong low pressure over Lake Huron with a stationary front extending into central Ontario/Quebec and a cold front crossing the Great Lakes. The cold front became the focus for intense thunderstorms in the afternoon/evening hours of June 2nd.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 18Z on June 2, 1998 showing mean sea-level pressure (MSLP) contours, surface observations, fronts and pressure centres (WPC, 2017)

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (2018), an F0 tornado touched down at 4:00 pm EDT near Fergus, ON. The path and width of the tornado was not documented by ECCC. The tornado caused no fatalities, but caused one injury and $18 thousand dollars in property damage.


NWS Weather Prediction Center Surface Analysis Archive. (2017). Surface analysis 18Z Tue Jun 2 1998. 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/