Weather records in Windsor, Ontario

Weather records in Windsor, Ontario

Extreme weather has been known to hit Windsor, Ontario, and the city is home to several local, national, and international weather records. They are shown below, organized chronologically (by date):

1913

* March 21: The area between Windsor and Cobalt in Ontario was affected by winds gusting up to 150km/h. 7 people were killed during the storm which also damaged buildings and uprooted trees.

1922

* March 30: 30-40mm freezing rain affected south Ontario from the Windsor area to an area just north of Toronto.

1943

* March 8: Temperatures in Windsor, ON drop to -19.4°C, the coldest March night on record here.

1946

* June 17: An F4 tornado tracking from near Detroit, Michigan (River Rouge, Michigan), via Windsor to Tecumseh, Ontario kills 17 and injures hundreds more. 400 homes in Windsor were damaged or destroyed. This is Canada's third worst killer tornado.

1953

* June 20: The highest humidex reading ever recorded in Windsor occurred, hitting 52.1°C. The temperature was 37°C.

1966

* May 10: Lows drop to -2.8°C in Windsor, ON, the coldest May night on record here.

1967

* October 4: Temperatures reach 28.9°C in Windsor, Ontario, the highest temperature recorded across Canada in October 1967.

1974

* April 3: Windsor's costliest disaster, an F3 Tornado hits, as a part of the Super Outbreak.

1984

* September 2: 8 tornadoes touch down between Windsor and London, Ontario.

1985

* April 7: Southern Ontario was affected by winds gusting up to 110km/h. Among the consequences were Power failures from Windsor to Belleville, 7 people being stranded in a lift at the Skylon Tower at the Niagara Falls when the lift cables were twisted in the wind and the wind combined with pack ice on the Welland Canal to block the canal stopping shipping traffic.
* May 30: Golf ball size hail in the Windsor and Leamington areas of Ontario causing $30-40 million damage.

1988

* June 25: The temperature hit 40.2°C. At 38.2°C it was also the hottest day on record in London, Ontario, as well.

1997

* February 27: 110km/h winds affected the Windsor, ON area damaging buildings, smashing windows and uprooting trees.
* July 2: Windsor is hit by tornadoes, along with Metro Detroit in the Southeast Michigan Tornado Outbreak.
* August 16: Further rough weather rolls through, with a funnel cloud spotted south of Amherstburg, Ontario, over Lake Erie (Causing a tornado warning for Toledo, Ohio and Wood County.

1998

* March 22: A spell of snow over Southern Ontario from Windsor to the Ottawa Valley that began on the evening of the 20th came to an end. Generally 15-25cm snow fell and in the Niagara Peninsula more than 35cm snow fell. 19

1999

* September 3: One of Canada's worst road disasters occurred in dense early morning fog which suddenly sprung up near Windsor, Ontario on Highway 401 just east of Exit 21, reducing visibility to less than 1 metre. Out of 87 automobiles and trucks involved, 82 vehicles were destroyed, 8 people were killed and 33 others were injured.

2000

* February 26: saw temperatures in London, ON reach 17.8°C whilst in Windsor temperatures topped 20°C for the first time on record in February.
* March 7: Temperatures exceeded 25°C in Windsor, Sarnia, Petrolia and Strathroy (all in Ontario). Records show that this is the earliest temperatures over 25°C have been reached here, beating the old record by more than 3 weeks.
* April 20: 94.6mm rain fell in Windsor, Ontario, well above the total average precipitation for the whole month of April (74.9mm). London and Sarnia were also really wet, recording 66.4mm and 51.2mm rain respectively.

2002

* February 25: The temperature peaked at 15.1°C in Windsor, Ontario, the highest temperature recorded in the whole of Canada in the whole of February 2002.
* March 26: An early Spring storm brought snow to much of southern Ontario, and some freezing rain to the St. Catharines/Hamilton area. Among the storm snowfall totals was 24.5cm in Cornwall, 15cm in Kitchener, 13cm in Peterborough, 12cm in Barrie, 11cm in Windsor, between 7 and 12cm snow fell in Toronto and 8cm in Hamilton.
* April 8-April 9: Heavy rain on the 8th and 9th (mainly on the 8th) over parts of Ontario knocks out power to 4,000 customers in Muskoka. Among the wettest places were Windsor with 31mm and Hamilton with 22mm rain; here it was the wettest weather since January 31. Meanwhile, in Wiarton, conditions were much wetter and 41mm rain fell.
* April 11: Temperatures peak at 20.5C in London and 20.7C in Windsor, the warmest weather here since October 25 2001 when temperatures topped 20°C for the last time. Meanwhile Medicine Hat reached 17.5°C, the warmest weather here since the first half of November 2001 whilst 17.9°C in Saskatoon was their warmest weather since early October 2001.
* April 16: Temperatures in an area extending from Windsor and London northeastwards across the Barrie, Hamilton and Greater Toronto Area areas to Ottawa reached 28-30°C, the hottest weather in this area since September 9, 2001.

2003

* February 23: A major winter storm affected southern and eastern Ontario on the 22 and 23 February. 15 to 30cms snow fell across many parts of regions extending from Windsor across Barrie-Huronia and Ski Country into the National Capital Region/Ottawa, Ontario area. Locally as much as 30 to 40cms snow fell and drifts up to 60cms deep were reported. On the morning of the 23rd snow depths included 20cms in Windsor, 17cms in Hamilton, 10-15cms in Kitchener, 26cms in Grand Valley, 28cm in Vaughan, 20-30cm in Maple, Northern Toronto, 20 to 25cms in Barrie, 34cms in Orillia, 25cms in Brampton, 27cm in Minden and 20-37cm in the Ottawa area. The greatest snow depth was 37cm recorded in Franktown, southwest Ottawa. Freezing rain and ice pellets also affected the Niagara region and the north shore of Lake Ontario. Ice accretions as high as 2-4cms were reported in Prince Edward County
* March 3: A cold start across Ontario. Overnight lows fell to -24.7C at Pearson Airport, Toronto, -30.5 at Wiarton, -29.4C at Kitchener, -24.6°C at Hamilton, -34.7°C at Sudbury, -32.3°C at Gore Bay, -31.0°C at Petawawa, -19.7°C at Windsor, -29.2°C at Peterborough and -22.3°C at Sarnia.
* April 28: Summery over southern Ontario and Quebec with temperatures up to 26.4°C in Toronto, 26.1°C in Windsor, 25.1°C in Ottawa, 25.5°C in Sarnia and 24.3C in London. Montreal reached 23.7°C, Sherbrooke reached 24.3°C and Maniwaki reached 25.1°C.

2006

* October 12: Somewhat unusually cool air allows 0.2 inches of snow to fall, just enough to break the old record of Earliest Snowfall of the Season. The previous record was October 13. The requirements for measurement is 0.1 inches or higher. Below that, it would have been measured as a "trace" amount of snow, and would not have been a record.

2007

* March 26: Unusually warm air pushes the Jet Stream far north into the Hudson Bay, causing record high temperatures across much of Ontario, the Great Lakes, Midwestern United States, and New England. Windsor's old record of 74 F was shattered, reaching a balmy 81 F.

2008

*January 7: Unusually warm winter weather peaks at 13°C, breaking the previous local record of 12.8°C set in 1989.

See also

* List of tornadoes and tornado outbreaks
* List of tornadoes striking downtown areas
* List of Canadian Tornadoes
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External links

* [http://www.dandantheweatherman.com/cantriv.html Dan Dan The Weather Man's Canadian Weather Trivia Page]


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