Anger and Confusion over Tornado Warnings

Posted by on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Some residents in Southern Ontario have taken to social media to voice their frustration and anger at Environment Canada.

The government's weather agency, which has the sole authority to issued watches and warnings, issued multiple and long-lived tornado warnings for portions of Southern Ontario on Saturday, including the city of Toronto.

There were no tornadoes reported across the region.

The warnings were issued because doppler radar indicated a potential tornado.

However, the fact is that there were several cells on radar that were showing signs of rotation.

Environment Canada issues tornado watches when conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms with one or more tornadoes. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been reported; or when there is evidence based on radar, or from a reliable spotter that a tornado is imminent.

So in this case the warnings were warranted.

We should be happy that there were no tornadoes. Southern Ontario is a densely populated area and any tornado could prove deadly.

The Team

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