Depth: 1 km
Distances: 335 km N of Toronto, Canada / pop: 4,613,000 / local time: 21:44:46.0 2020-04-24
259 km NE of Alpena, United States / pop: 10,500 / local time: 21:44:46.0 2020-04-24
12 km NE of Greater Sudbury, Canada / pop: 158,000 / local time: 21:44:46.0 2020-04-24
Four more tornadoes have been confirmed in Ontario, bringing the total to 12 this season, according to Environment Canada.
According to the agency, the first tornado touched down Monday, July 7 near the Norwich area to the south of Woodstock at around 4:00 p.m. EDT.
“Photographic evidence was provided to Environment Canada indicating that one of these storms produced a brief tornado [in the area],” said EC in weather summary issued Thursday afternoon. “There was no evidence of damage from this tornado and so it has been rated as an EF0 event with winds of at least 90 km/h.”
“Based on photographic evidence, the first cell generated a waterspout over eastern Lake Nipissing,” said EC.
EC includes waterspouts which form over smaller bodies of water in their tornado database. However, any waterspouts that develop over the Great Lakes are not included in EC’s database unless they come onshore.
The second tornado confirmed to have touched down on July 15 was an EF0, just to the south of North Bay Airport.
“Neither event produced any notable impacts and so both have been rated as EF0 events with winds of at least 90 km/h.”
Lastly, the forth tornado of the month occurred on Sunday, July 27, near the community of Millbank (about 30 km northwest of Kitchener), where a number of weather spotters reported a funnel cloud.
No damage was reported in the area after the sighting and so it has been rated an EF0, with winds of at least 90 km/h, concluded EC.
This now brings the total count of tornadoes in Ontario this year to 12. Ontario normally confirms 12 tornadoes each year in a season, which runs from late April until early October.
Tens of millions of bees are dead and more are dying every year, but beekeepers are still waiting for action on what they believe is the cause.
According to Saugeen County honey farmer Dave Schuit, “We need to wake up!”
Schuit blames a coating used on corn and soybean seeds containing neonicotinoids.
Neonicotinoids are supposed to kill pests that feed on the crops, but Schuit and several other beekeepers in Ontario say the coating is killing their bees.
A Health Canada study of the massive dieoffs at nearly 4,000 beehives in Ontario and Quebec showed that in 80 per cent of the dead bees there was a detectable neonicotinoid residue.
But the head of the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture remains skeptical.
Patrick Jileson says “These [neonicotinoids] have been studied. They were approved by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency. It’s nice to see them studied it again.”
Health Canada’s pesticide regulatory body says the current used of neonicotinoids “isn’t sustainable” and are soliciting ideas from beekeepers and crop farmers until December 12.