Nearly 40 tornadoes confirmed in Canada so far this summer: Above average or normal?
Friday, August 9, 2013, 2:30 -
With 38 tornadoes confirmed across the country so far this summer, Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese says some regions are on track for a slightly above average season.
"In the Prairies, we have had roughly 20 tornadoes reported or confirmed. Saskatchewan has seen around 13 tornadoes so far this year with their yearly average being about 18, so they are on track for a fairly average season," says Vettese. "In Ontario, the province averages about 12 verified tornadoes a year. As of August 7, the number is up to 14 confirmed tornadoes.
An EF-1 tornado even hit New Brunswick's Grand Lake area, which is a pretty rare occurrence for the province.
2013 Canadian tornadoes
Count as of: August 9, 2013
"There are a few outside influences that make this summer’s severe weather season seem busy and I feel a lot of that has to do with awareness brought on by social media," Vettese says. "We are always connected to the weather via Twitter, Facebook or any other social media platform. It is easier for us to receive reports via Twitter and even pictures and videos making it easier to verify events."
She adds that the devastating flood in Alberta and the extreme flooding in parts of Toronto have also helped to heighten emergency preparedness for severe weather across the country.
"Summer severe weather in Canada including the potential for weather events conducive to tornadoes normally spans late April through early October. So late spring and early fall can also hold potential for severe weather events," warns Vettese.
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