Lesson #9 Tornadoes

Hello everyone! The picture for this lesson was taken in my backyard. Four trees were blown down at my house last night, and many neighbors had trees blown down as well. I'm safe though and my house was not damaged by the storm. Southern Ontario is part of "Tornado Alley," a title given to areas that get a lot of tornadoes.

Did you know that Canada has the second largest number of confirmed tornadoes each year? Surprisingly, though, most Canadians lack tornado knowledge.

Canada gets the second most tornadoes in the world, after the United States. The highest concentration of tornadoes is in the southern parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.

Roughly half of all Canadian tornadoes strike the Canadian prairies and Northern Ontario. Together, these regions make up the northern part of Tornado Alley. Another third of Canadian tornadoes strike Southern Ontario, especially in the region between the Great Lakes and our capital city, Ottawa.

Southwestern Ontario weather is strongly influenced by its position between the Great Lakes. This area has dramatic temperature changes that can also increase the violence and possibly the number of tornadoes in this area.

Click here for a news broadcast about a Southern Ontario tornado that touched down near Windsor.

Click here for another news broadcast about a different tornado closer to Ottawa.

I know some of this might scare you but, as you may have heard in the videos there were no deaths in either of these tornadoes. Watch this next video about how to keep safe in the event of a tornado in your community.

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Lastly, go to your ESL Library account and read the very useful tornado information and complete the assignments.

Stay safe!