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More active tornado season in Ontario so far this year, typical elsewhere

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:29 PM - Twenty-one tornadoes have been recorded across the country so far this year, with close to 62 being the yearly average.

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"Tornado season has been quite typical across the country so far this year, but Ontario has fared the more active up until this point," says Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.

So far, the province has seen more than half its yearly average for tornadoes.

"The Prairies typically see their spike in tornado activity throughout July," Vettese says. "Tornadic thunderstorms have been a bit sparse in numbers so far this June and July, but certainly some of the tornadoes produced have been impressive."

Including this past weekend for example, when six tornadoes were confirmed in Saskatchewan alone.

Summer predictions

"It’s hard to say how many more tornadoes Canadians will see throughout the rest of the summer as it’s very difficult to predict well ahead of time thunderstorm activity," Vettese adds. "However, it’s important to note that tornado season continues all summer long and into the early fall so it’s important to stay on top of your thunderstorm forecast especially if you’re doing any outdoor activities."

According to Vettese, it does look like many Canadians across the central portion of the country will be getting into an unsettled and active pattern throughout the next few weeks.

"This doesn't mean there’s a risk of thunderstorms and tornadoes every day, but certainly a higher chance of seeing unsettled weather," Vettese warns.


2014    Yearly Average
British Columbia     0 0.6
Alberta 3 15.4
Saskatchewan 6 18.0
Manitoba 1 9.6
Ontario 7 12.4
Quebec 4 4.7
Atlantic Canada 0 1.2
TOTAL 21 61.8

Count as of: July 9, 2014

NOTE: These are *unofficial* numbers, several are based on reports.

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