Portage La Prairie, MB Tornado of June 22, 1922

Portage La Prairie - Headingly - Brunkild

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 8:00 am, which shows an area of low pressure across Saskatchewan, which likely played a role in the development of this tornado. The tornado was given an “FU” rating, meaning unknown rating.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 8:00 am on June 22, 1922 showing mean sea-level pressure (MSLP) contours, surface observations, fronts and pressure centres (NOAA, 2020)

According to Environment Canada, “multiple tornadoes hit Southern Manitoba – June 22, 1922. Hot and humid air led to the development of several tornadoes in the area. Five deaths and hundreds of injuries were attributed to the event which caused $2 million in 1922 dollars”.


NOAA Central Library. (2019). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Thursday June 22, 1922 [PDF]. Retrieved from https://library.noaa.gov/Collections/Digital-Collections/US-Daily-Weather-Maps

Public Safety Canada. (2019). The Canadian Disaster Database. Retrieved from https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/cndn-dsstr-dtbs/index-en.aspx

Environment and Climate Change Canada. (2017). Top weather events of the 20th century. Retrieved from https://ec.gc.ca/meteo-weather/default.asp?lang=En&n=6A4A3AC5-1#1921-1940