Havelock, ON F0 Tornado of June 25, 1998

Peterborough - Kawartha Lakes

Witnesses observed this probable tornado which they described as being a broad multiple vortex. A boat dock was lifted and thrown 100m. This was one of two tornadoes to touch down in Southern Ontario on June 25; the other was an F0 near Arthur.

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 2:00 pm, which depicts a low pressure system in central/northern Ontario with a warm front extending into Quebec. Southerly winds and possible lake-breeze interactions with Lake Ontario could have triggered thunderstorms in the afternoon hours on June 25th, which ultimately lead to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 18Z on June 25, 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 6:45 pm EDT near Havelock, ON. 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 18Z Thu Jun 25 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/