Black Friday

Monday, July 30, 2007
Tomorrow marks the anniversary of a very dark day in Edmonton’s history, both literally and figuratively. Twenty years ago, on July 31, 2007, a tornado ripped through part of Edmonton, destroying part of a trailer park (no big surprise there). It caused over $300 million in damages and resulted in the death of 27 people. Classified as an F4 Tornado on the Fujita Scale (although some have claimed anywhere from F3 to F5), it was the second deadliest tornado in Canadian history. With the extremely hot weather we’ve been experiencing this summer, combined with almost constant severe weather watches and warnings lately, it’s making a lot of people in the area uneasy. If you see us constantly looking at the skies, we’re not searching for Superman or welcoming the arrival of extra-terrestrial visitors, we’re just being sky-aware. And you’ll have to forgive us for checking (and commenting) on the weather every 15 mintues.

The 1987 Edmonton (and area) tornado.


Gardenia said...

A community disaster is a horrible thing to go through. I hope that you have a peaceful rest of summer and fall. We've been through a tornado here - it was so frighting!

Wandering Coyote said...

God, I can't believe it's been 20 years! I totally remember this happening and it was truly awful. I see they're having a memorial today at the trailer park.

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