June 13, 2020
The powerful storms that raced across southern Ontario Wednesday left behind numerous damage reports, along with the first two confirmed tornadoes in the province in 2020. After confirmation from Environment Canda, the sites of the damage caused by two twisters were then investigated by researchers from the Western University-based Northern Tornadoes Project. It has now given initial EF-0 and EF-1 ratings to the Glencoe and Belmont area tornadoes, respectively. The Glencoe area tornado, which was first spotted around 7:50 p.m., was given a preliminary EF-0 rating with maximum winds estimated at 130 km/h. The initial conclusion is this tornado began near Newbury Station and ended just east of Strathburn, travelling just a few kilometres south of Glencoe. The path length was 17 kilometres with a maximum width of 300 metres. Damage was confined to trees and a barn, as well as some sheds and homes.
June 12, 2020
Local researchers have confirmed that the severe thunderstorms that uprooted trees, snapped branches and cut power across southwestern Ontario Wednesday night also spawned two tornadoes near London, Ont. Western University’s Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) confirmed Friday that damage surveys conducted over the last two days had determined that Glencoe, Ont. and Belmont, Ont., saw preliminary EF0 and EF1 tornadoes touch down, respectively, during Wednesday’s storm.
June 11, 2020
A pandemic, heat warnings before summer and now twisters. In a spring that’s been anything but normal, turned upside-down by the COVID-19 lockdown, snow in April and scorching summer-like weather weeks early, Southwestern Ontario lived up to its Tornado Alley reputation when two twisters touched down in the London area in a violent storm Wednesday night. The tornadoes knocked out power and damaged trees and buildings in the Belmont area, outside London, and in Glencoe southwest of the city. Member’s of Western University’s Northern Tornadoes Project, a research lab dedicated to the study of twisters, was on the ground in Belmont Thursday surveying the destruction.
May 26, 2020
On May 21, 2020, security cameras at a home in Saanich, B.C., north of Victoria, captured video of what appeared to be a weak tornado touching down in a backyard, sending a trampoline flying high into the air. For severe weather scientist Dave Sills, the event — likely Canada’s first tornado of 2020 — was a surprising and coincidentally-timed kickoff to a research season like no other. Just hours before, Sills and colleague Greg Kopp from Western University in London, Ont. had held a virtual briefing for media and members of the public about how their Northern Tornadoes Project will continue its research into severe weather events in Canada in light of public health guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19.
July 09, 2019
Two campgrounds in ruins. Houses lifted and shifted on their foundations. Thousands of trees felled as if by a giant meteorological axe. All told, as many as 15 tornadoes swept through northern Saskatchewan and Alberta during the Canada Day weekend, new findings from Western's Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) suggest.
July 08, 2019
Two campgrounds in ruins. Houses lifted and shifted on their foundations. Thousands of trees felled as if by a giant meteorological axe.
July 04, 2019
Dave Sills dreams about tornadoes all the time. Which is only fitting, since as the newly minted executive director of Western University’s Northern Tornadoes Project, he will spend his time studying and documenting the storms, of which there are as many as 230 in Canada in any given year.
June 27, 2019
Late June and early July is the heart of tornado season for Alberta and as of June 27, the province has already had five verified tornado reports. This is approximately 32 per cent of the average annual amount of tornados that Alberta sees per year.
June 19, 2019
Access to a new constellation of satellites has experts at Western University searching for tornadoes across the country.
June 14, 2019
In their quest to find every tornado occurring in Canada, Western University's Northern Tornado Project just received a big financial boost that has allowed them to go national!
June 13, 2019
David Sills still remembers the smells and sounds of that mercurial evening in July 1980. It had been humid without relief for days when late-afternoon clouds began billowing from the west and racing towards Windsor.
June 13, 2019
No longer will important information about severe storms across the country – information that could save countless lives – be simply gone with the wind.
June 13, 2019
Western is poised to become the country’s leading authority on tornado tracking and research thanks to a major expansion of its Northern Tornadoes Project. With a goal of detecting and analyzing every tornado in Canada, project organizers know its findings will save lives, mitigate losses and strengthen our understanding of severe storm activity.
March 22, 2019
A quirky thing about tornadoes is that over the past 30 years, their reported frequency—at least going by U.S. reports—has increased 30%. Of course, the last 30 years also correlate with the rise of Doppler radar, population growth, and cell phones.
February 25, 2019
The project is a partnership between engineers at Western University and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), and has, for the last two years, focused on sniffing out previously-undetected tornadoes in Quebec and Ontario. This year, the program is going national, with the goal to capture Canada's 'missing tornadoes'.
January 15, 2019
A 2017/18 research project originally designed to only assess tornadic frequency in remote areas of Northern Ontario and Quebec is set to expand to include the rest of Canada this summer...
January 14, 2019
Between the towering, twisting funnel cloud and the powerful winds, tornadoes may seem like difficult things to miss. But extreme-weather researchers believe that as many as 70 per cent of them go undetected in Canada.
January 13, 2019
On Jan. 10, the “Please - Do Not Take this Lightly” exhibit opened at the Artlab Gallery, showcasing artwork illustrating the danger and impact of tornadoes.
January 10, 2019
Scientists in London — located in Canada’s tornado alley, Southwestern Ontario — will be spending 2019 tracking twisters from coast to coast, launching the most comprehensive analysis of its kind ever done in Canada...