St. Claude, MB F3 Tornado of July 8, 1984

Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman

Figure 1 shows the surface observations at 7:00 am CDT, which shows a stationary front across southern Manitoba. This stationary front became the focus for intense thunderstorms in the afternoon hours of July 8th, which ultimately led to four tornadoes on this day.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for July 8 1984 at 7:00 am CDT (NOAA, 2020).

Figure 2 depicts the upper-level pattern and the trough of low pressure across the Prairie Provinces, which was bringing southerly flow across Manitoba.

Figure 2. 500mb weather map for July 8, 1984 at 7:00 am CDT (NOAA, 2020).

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (2018), an F3 tornado touched down at 4:05 pm CDT near St. Claude, MB. The tornado travelled for 12.1 km, but its width was not documented by ECCC. The tornado caused no fatalities or property damage, but caused 5 injuries.


NOAA Central Library. (2020). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Friday July 8, 1984 [PDF]. Retrieved from

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