GEOLOGY

by Debra Green
(Barrie, Ontario, Canada)

Barrie Ontario Tornado - May 31, 1985

Barrie Ontario Tornado - May 31, 1985

l'M PRESENTLY STUDYING TO GET MY CREDITS FOR VOLCANOLOGY, BUT I ALSO ENJOY STUDYING METEOROLOGY, MY ALGEBRA IS VERY WEAK.


Oh yes, I enjoy watching the movie, Twister, I know it's a little too exaggerated, driving under fiery gas trucks or driving through a house. I'm like a human barometer myself, and I'm always cloud watching. I know what tornadoes can do, and how they disrupt human lives.

Barry's Response - Thank you Debra. Barrie was the site of one of Canada's worst tornado incidents in 1985 as shown in the photo above.

It was part of an outbreak and apparently one of thirteen tornadoes in the region that day. Twelve people were dead and hundreds injured. They came from two supercells, one spanning from Hopeville to Barrie (an hour north of Toronto) and the other from Grand Valley to Tottenham.

Several US tornadoes associated with this upper-air system tracked across Ohio, Pennsylvania and western New York that day as well.

A couple of the Ontario tornadoes were F4 on the Fujita scale. One tracked from near Arthur to the Newmarket area, between Toronto and Barrie. The other hit Barrie. Many improvements to the Canadian weather warning system were made after the experience with this system.

It was estimated that this type of event could happen in this type of location about once every 75,000 years. It wasn't their lucky year.

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