Schuler, AB F0 Tornado of May 23, 1980

Medicine Hat - Bow Island - Suffield

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 7:00 am EST, which shows a low pressure across Montana with a stationary front across Southern Saskatchewan and Central Manitoba. The interaction between this front and the low pressure triggered thunderstorms near the SK/AB, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 7:00 am on May 23, 1980 showing mean sea-level pressure (MSLP) contours, surface observations, fronts and pressure centres (NOAA, 2020)

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (2018), an F0 tornado touched down near Schuler, AB. The path, time and width of the tornado was not documented by ECCC. No property damage was documented for this tornado.


NOAA Central Library. (2019). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Friday May 23, 1980 [PDF]. Retrieved from

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