Scarth, MB F1 Tornado of July 23, 2008

Virden - Souris

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 4:00 pm CDT, which shows an occluding front across the Saskatchewan/Manitoba border, a warm front extending across North Dakota and a cold front extending across Western North Dakota. The warm front became the focus for intense thunderstorms across Southwestern Manitoba in the afternoon hours of July 23rd, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 21Z on July 23, 2008 showing mean sea-level pressure (MSLP) contours, surface observations, fronts and pressure centres (WPC, 2017)

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (2018), an F1 tornado touched down at 6:23 pm CDT near Scarth, MB. The path and width of the tornado was not documented by ECCC. No property damage was documented for this tornado.


NWS Weather Prediction Center Surface Analysis Archive. (2017). Surface analysis 21Z Wed Jul 23 2008. Retrieved from:

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