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Tornadoes

The tornado is one of the most spectacular manifestation nature has to offer.

In Qubec, there are 5.3 tornadoes on average each year; they tend to occur more often late in the afternoon and early in the evening from June to August.

The graph below shows the annual distribution of tornadoes (all forces combined) in Quebec from 1985 to 2009. The table presents the frequency and return period for each force of tornado (no F4 or F5 has been reported in Quebec).

See notes for explanation


Here is the list of tornadoes that have hit Quebec since 1985.

Year Date Intensity Place
2010 September 2 F0 St-Benoit-de-Mirabel
2010 July 17 F0 St-Lazare
2010 July 16 F0 Saint-Camille-de-Bellechasse
2010 June 28 F0 Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
2010 June 28 F0 Mascouche
Total for season 2010 : 5 tornadoes

 

Year Date Intensity Place
2009 August 21 F0 La Tuque
2009 August 21 F0 Rservoir Baskatong (North of Grand-Remous)
2009 August 4 F2 Mont-Laurier
2009 July 29 F0 Duberger
2009 July 27 F0 Ste-Christine
2009 July 11 F0 Saint-Augustin (Mirabel)
2009 July 11 F1 Boisbriand
2009 May 1 F0 Normandin
Total for season 2009: 8 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
2008 September 8 F0 Lac Gauthier (ZEC Martin Valin)
2008 August 11 F0 Roberval
2008 July 23 F0 Lanoraie (Lanaudire)
2008 July 9 F0 Shipshaw (north of Jonquire)
Total for season 2008: 4 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
2007 July 15 F0 Lac Boivin (Saguenay)
2007 August 12 F0 ZEC Borgia (La Tuque)
2007 August 12 F0 St-Just-de-Bretenires 
2007 August 25 F0 Beauceville 
Total for season 2007: 4 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
2006 June 29 F0 L'Anse-Saint-Jean
2006 July 25 F0 Hbertville
2006 August 1 F1 Saint-Gdon-de-Beauce
2006 August 1 F2 Lac-Drolet
2006 August 22 F0 Saint-Thomas
Total for season 2006: 5 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
2005 June 6 F0 Gatineau
2005 June 25 F1 Verchres
2005 July 1 F0 St-Ambroise-de-Kildare
2005 August 16 F0 Rservoir Opinaca
2005 September 30 F2 Havre-aux-Maisons
Total for season 2005: 5 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
2004 June 8 F1 Landrienne
2004 June 20 F0 Laurier-Station
2004 June 20 F0 St-Elzar
2004 July 1 F0 Lac-Gatineau
2004 July 31 F0 Chteauguay
2004 July 31 F1 Durham-Sud (south of Drummondville)
2004 July 31 F1 St-Albert (near Warwick in the Bois-Francs region)
2004 July 31 F0 Chesterville (Bois-Francs region)
2004 August 10 F1 Thurso
2004 Sept. 3 F0 Malartic
Total for season 2004: 10 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
2003 June 11 F1 Laval
2003 June 25 F0 Ville-Marie
2003 June 27 F0 Labrieville
2003 June 29 F0 Fort William
2003 July 8 F0 Mistassini / Ste-Jeanne-d'Arc
2003 July 27 F0 St-Jean-Port-Joli
2003 July 27 F1 St-Narcisse-de-Rimouski
2003 August 6 F0 Roxton Pond
2003 Sept. 4 F0 Issoudun
2003 Sept. 23 F0 L'Assomption
Total for season 2003: 10 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
2002 May 31 F2 Packington
2002 July 4 F1 Boileau
2002 July 14 F1 Senneterre
2002 July 22 F1 St-Frdric
2002 August 18 F1 Dolbeau
2002 Sept. 3 F0 Berry
Total for season 2002: 6 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
2001 June 19 F0 Pointe-Taillon
2001 June 19 F2 St-Gdon
2001 July 1 F1 Lac St-Jean
2001 July 4 F1 Lac-des-Plages
2001 July 4 F1 Brbeuf
2001 July 10 F0 Saguenay
2001 August 4 F1 Matagami
2001 August 9 F1 Alma
Total for season 2001: 8 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
2000 June 22 F0 Quyon
2000 July 18 F0 St-Jean-Chrysostome
Total for season 2000: 2 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
1999 May 8 F1 Hull
1999 May 25 F0 St-Gabriel
1999 June 6 F0 Sherrington
1999 June 8 F1 Sainte-Marthe
1999 July 6 F0 Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel
1999 July 6 F0 Yamaska
1999 July 6 F0 Berthierville
1999 July 6 F1 Drummondville
1999 July 6 F0 Danville / Tingwick
1999 July 6 F0 Ste-Catherine-de-Hatley
1999 Sept. 20 F1 St-Michel-des-Saints
Total for season 1999: 11 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
1998 June 29 F0 Blue Sea Lake
1998 June 29 F1 St-Philibert
1998 July 11 F0 Lac-Sergent
1998 July 20 F1 Landrienne
1998 July 27 F0 Lac Parent
1998 August 11 F0 Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier
1998 August 11 F1 St-mile
1998 August 15 F0 Lac Cole
1998 Sept. 27 F0 Chicoutimi
Total for season 1998: 9 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
1997 June 25 F1 Pointe-Fortune
1997 July 4 F1 L'Ascension-de-Patapdia
1997 July 28 F0 Mercier
1997 Nov. 2 F0 Lac-Etchemin
Total for season 1997: 4 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
1996 April 21 F0 Ormstown
1996 July 11 F1 St-Stanislas
1996 July 15 F2 Elgin
1996 August 8 F0 Saint-Jacques
1996 August 25 F1 Saint-Bernard
Total for season 1996: 5 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
1995 July 20 F0 Lac Newcomb
1995 July 21 F0 Trois-Rivires
Total for season 1995: 2 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
1994 April 27 F1 St-Janvier / Lorraine
1994 May 22 F0 St-Augustin
1994 May 31 F2 Lac--la-Tortue
1994 May 31 F1 Donnacona-Neuville
1994 May 31 F1 St-Nicolas
1994 June 12 F1 St-Cuthbert
1994 June 21 F0 Parc-de-la-Mauricie
1994 July 9 F2 St-Charles
1994 July 21 F0 Lac-Saint-Louis
1994 July 26 F0 Roxton Falls
1994 July 30 F0 Franklin
1994 August 4 F3 Aylmer
1994 August 4 F2 Laurel
1994 August 4 F1 Rawdon
1994 August 28 F0 Ile-Perrot
Total for season 1994: 15 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
1993 July 3 F0 St-Lonard
1993 July 20 F0 St-Mathieu
1993 August 2 F0 Lvis
1993 August 31 F1 Wottonville
1993 Sept. 3 F1 St-Csaire
Total for season 1993: 6 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
1992 May 17 F0 Chichester
1992 August 2 F0 Ste-lizabeth
Total for season 1992: 2 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
1991 June 12 F1 St-Barnab
1991 August 26 F1 Louvicourt
1991 August 27 F2 Lac Nmiscachingue
1991 August 27 F2 Parc de la Mastigouche
1991 August 27 F3 Maskinong
1991 August 27 F3 Pierreville
Total for season 1991: 6 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
Total for season 1990: No tornado reported

Year Date Intensity Place
1989 Nov. 16 F2 Mont St-Hilaire
Total for season 1989: 1 tornado

Year Date Intensity Place
1988 June 5 NA Thetford Mines
1988 August 2 NA Montcerf
Total for season 1988: 2 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
1987 May 28 F0 Glen-Sutton
1987 June 8 F1 Fort-Coulonge
1987 July 24 NA Parc du Mont-Tremblant
1987 July 26 F1 Kinnear's Mills
Total for season 1987: 4 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
1986 June 16 F3 Lac Gareau
1986 August 15 F0 Maniwaki
Total for season 1986: 2 tornadoes

Year Date Intensity Place
1985 May 20 F0 St-Raphal-de-Bellechasse
1985 June 18 F3 St-Sylvre
1985 July 6 F1 Lacolle / Hemmingford
Total for season 1985: 3 tornadoes

Notes:
1) These statistics use the list of tornadoes presented below. All single tornado is considered, not the date when it occured.  
2) Tornadoes with an undetermined intensity (NA) are counted as F0 since they have, statistically, more chance to be in this category.