Owen Sound, ON F0 Tornado of July 10, 2006

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At around 2:40pm, a pilot observed and reported a probable tornado touching the ground not far from the regional airport. No damage was done.

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 2:00 pm EDT, which shows a low pressure system over Barrie with a cold front extending across southern Ontario and Lake Erie. Therefore, Owen Sound is behind the cold front and within a northwesterly flow regime at the time of Figure 1. This leads us to believe that thunderstorm initiation was caused by lake-breeze boundaries from Lake Huron, which ultimately led to this weak F0 tornado.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 18Z on July 10, 2006 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 2:38 pm near Owen Sound, ON. The path and width of the tornado was not documented by ECCC. The tornado caused no fatalities, injuries or property damage.


NWS Weather Prediction Center Surface Analysis Archive. (2017). Surface analysis 18Z Mon Jul 10 2006. 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/