Norwich, ON F0 Tornado of July 30, 1988

Oxford - Brant

Witnesses observed a funnel descend and touch down at around 3:45 pm. Trees were snapped and uprooted, a small garage was shifted off of its foundation and cornfields were flattened. Figure 1 depicts a cold front slicing through southern Ontario in the early afternoon of July 30th, which was responsible for initiating the storm that spawned the F0 tornado near Norwich.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 18Z on July 30, 1988 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 3:45 pm EDT near Wingham, ON. The track and width of the tornado was not documented by ECCC. The tornado caused no injuries or fatalities but caused $20 thousand dollars in property damage.


NWS Weather Prediction Center Surface Analysis Archive. (2017). Surface analysis 18Z Sat Jul 30 1988. Retrieved from:

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