Hazzards Corners, ON F0 Tornado of May 5, 2000

Bancroft - Bon Echo Park

Touching down at about 4:15 pm, the tornado travelled for 10 kilometres and had a width of about 200 metres. Along its path it produced light damage, including uprooted trees, downed power poles to a house where the chimney was knocked off. Environment Canada damage surveyors estimated the damage to be around $20,000.

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 2:00 pm EDT, which shows a stationary front across eastern Ontario. This stationary boundary acted as the focus for thunderstorms and ultimately this F0 tornado.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 18Z on May 5, 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 F0 tornado touched down at 4:15 pm EDT near Hazzards Corner, ON. The tornado travelled for 10 km with a maximum width of 200 metres. The tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $20 thousand dollars in property damage.


NWS Weather Prediction Center Surface Analysis Archive. (2017). Surface analysis 18Z Fri May 5 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/