Oakland, MB F0 Tornado of July 30, 1983

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Figure 1 shows the surface observations at 7:00 am CDT, which shows no dominant features across Manitoba. The only thing of note is weak troughing across Manitoba, which is better observed in upper-air charts (Figure 2).

Figure 1. Surface weather map for July 30, 1983 at 7:00 am CDT (NOAA, 2020).

Figure 2 shows said weak negatively-tilted upper-level trough. This trough, possibly aided by some lake-breeze interactions, triggered thunderstorms across southern Manitoba and ultimately led to three tornadoes across the province on this day. Evidence suggest that a single long-track supercell may have produced all of the three tornadoes.

Figure 2. 500mb weather map for July 30, 1983 at 7:00 am CDT (NOAA, 2020).

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (2018), an F0 tornado touched down at 4:30 pm CDT near Oakland, MB. The track and width of this tornado was not documented by ECCC. The tornado caused no injuries, fatalities or property damage.


NOAA Central Library. (2020). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Saturday July 30, 1983 [PDF]. Retrieved from https://library.noaa.gov/Collections/Digital-Collections/US-Daily-Weather-Maps

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/