Monday, July 13th 2020, 7:45 pm - It's not often that the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) gets its very own tornado, but on Friday, July 10, 2020, a big 'ol twister was spotted roaring across Milton.
It's official, on July 10, 2020, Milton repped the GTA by hosting a landspout tornado. It's very rare for tornadoes to touch down in the GTA, but southern Ontario was holding onto extreme heat for more than a few days, so Mother Nature needed to let something out.
Luckily, there weren't any reported injuries, just some power outages, a few fallen trees, lots of rain, and super cool video footage.
It all started July 2nd. Just a day into Canada's 153rd year, the GTA experienced a bout of extreme heat. The temperature on July 2nd clocked in at 35.5°C and did not drop below 30°C until the fateful tornado day.
After a nine-day extreme-heat marathon, there was the considerable risk for thunderstorms in southern Ontario. Miltonians were ready with their phones to capture the incredible clouds and the now confirmed tornado.
The tornado was registered as an EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale). The EF Scale is used to measure wind speed and related tornado damage.
Tornadoes only reach the GTA around once every two or three years, but Ontario sees about 12 each year. Check out Ontario's first two tornadoes of the year, that were registered as an EF-0 and EF-1.