Mattawa, ON F0 Tornado of August 19, 1982

North Bay - West Nipissing

Although information is limited on this tornado, evidence gathered indicates it likely began northwest of the village of Redbridge and lifted north of Mattawa near the Ottawa River; a possible 40 km track with likely some skipping in-between. Reports gathered by Environment Canada claimed a 16 km swath of forest damage was observed along with houses lightly damaged in Redbridge, hydro poles downed and a section of Highway 533 closed due to debris blocking the roadway. Severe tree damage was indicated by 3-4 foot diameter pine trees snapped off. Provincial police north of Mattawa called in a funnel cloud sighting describing it as moving quickly and tilted with it’s “eye” visible.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (2018), an F0 tornado touched down at 7:45 pm EDT. The track length and width of the tornado was not catalogued by ECCC. The tornado caused no injuries, fatalities or property damage.


Environment and Climate Change Canada Data. (2018). Canadian National Tornado Database: Verified Events (1980-2009) – Public. Retrieved from: