forest damage after tornado


The Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP), founded in 2017 as a partnership between Western University and ImpactWX, aims to better detect tornado occurrence throughout Canada, improve severe and extreme weather understanding and prediction, mitigate against harm to people and property, and investigate future implications due to climate change.

Western University also partners with the University of Manitoba, Pelmorex's The Weather Network, Instant Weather and CatIQ, and closely collaborates with Environment and Climate Change Canada and several Canadian and international universities on this Project.

NTP actively works to develop new methods and tools to inform the field of severe storms research, and utilizes satellite, surveillance planes, drones and on-the-ground observation to capture and analyze tornado events and their damage.

Constantly striving to be a community endeavour, NTP believes it will take the combined efforts of the full severe weather community of scientists, emergency managers, storm enthusiasts and media outlets to ensure the project’s success across the country.

NTP began as a unique way to track tornadoes in Northern Ontario in 2017, expanded Ontario-wide in 2018, and Canada-wide in 2019. It is the most comprehensive analysis of tornadoes ever undertaken in Canada and seeks to have a national and international impact.

The Northern Tornadoes Project is 100% carbon neutral as of November 1, 2020!

NTP has partnered with Tree Canada to offset our annual greenhouse gas emissions through their Grow Clean Air program. Our 2019 emissions were used as a baseline to determine the number of trees that need to be planted. Planting will follow the Gold Standard carbon protocol.

The partnership is fitting given so many trees are felled by severe weather events across Canada each year.


Northern Tornadoes Project Annual Reports

The NTP Report for 2021 can be found here.

The NTP Report for 2020 (updated 23 Feb 2021) can be found here.

The NTP Report for 2018 (Pilot 2) and 2019 can be found here.

The NTFP Report for 2017 (Pilot 1) can be found here.


Storm photography provided by ImpactWX.