Petersfield, MB F0 Tornado of October 8, 1997

Selkirk - Gimli - Stonewall - Woodlands

Figure 1 shows the surface observations at 1:00 pm CDT, which shows a stationary front across southern Manitoba. This front was the focus for showers and thunderstorms in the early afternoon hours of October 8th, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 18Z on October 8, 1997 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 1:05 pm CDT near Petersfield, MB. 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 Wed Oct 8 1997. Retrieved from:

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