Near Atikaki Provincial Park, MB F0 Tornado of July 20, 2003

Barens River - Little Grand Rapids

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 1:00 pm CDT, which shows a trough of low pressure extending southeast across central Manitoba. This front became the focus for thunderstorms across central Manitoba, which led to two tornadoes across southern Manitoba on this day:

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 18Z on July 20, 2003 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 2:00 pm CDT 56 km east-southeast of Bloodvein, MB. The path and width of the tornado was not documented by ECCC. The tornado caused no fatalities, injuries or documented property damage.


NWS Weather Prediction Center Surface Analysis Archive. (2017). Surface analysis 18Z Tue Jul 20 2003. Retrieved from:

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