Reston, MB F0 Tornado of June 5, 1996

Virden - Souris

Figure 1 shows the surface observations at 1:00 pm CDT, which shows an occluding low pressure over Saskatchewan with an occluding front extending south across North Dakota. This front was the focus for thunderstorms in the early afternoon hours of June 5th, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 18Z on June 5, 1996 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 2:50 pm CDT in Reston, MB. The track 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 Jun 5 1996. Retrieved from:

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