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Severe Thunderstorms

Southern Ontario - July 19, 2013
A strong cold front was forecast to sweep over southern Ontario on July 19th and it brought with it countless severe thunderstorm watches and warnings and also quite a few tornado warnings. Numerous very fast moving storms fired up ahead of the front and raced east. The storms were moving so fast that it was impossible to keep up with them, so we had no choice but to just get out in front of them as they would approach, then reposition for the next round of storms.
 
We did most of our storm chasing in the Mount Forest - Minto - Palmerston area, then re-positioned to Oakville where the lightning over Lake Ontario was spectacular.
 
There were many reports of wind damage, trees downed and power outages, plus several funnel clouds reported. Many thanks to today's chase partners Mark Robinson and Cindy Burgess. We also teamed up with Dave Patrick & Ian Archibald.

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A shelf cloud from a severe thunderstorm near Mount Forest approaches
The fast moving storm barrels through, rapidly overtaking our position and blasting us and the local wheat field with very strong winds.

Mark

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Mark Robinson shoots a video clip to send back to The Weather Network.
Amazing lightning strikes as seen from the pier in Oakville.

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More lightning over Lake Ontario.