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High Impact Storm

March 17, 2012 by staff 

High Impact Storm, The Southwestern Ontario region is in for a longer-than-normal storm season according to Environment Canada.

Weather services specialist Randy Mawson said the area’s storm season could be extended by as many as three weeks due to the early arrival of record-temperatures.

As a result, he said Windsor and Essex County could experience “high-impact weather” for an additional two to three weeks.

“We’re already two weeks ahead. We’re already starting to see some volatile air masses moving up from the United States,” Mawson said. “The whole situation we’ve got right now … is pretty unusual. And we don’t see much of a change for the next six or seven days.”

The temperature peaked at a record 24.4 C (76 F) and Environment Canada issued a tornado watch at approximately 5:45 p.m.

“It’s a bit early, but I can’t say it’s the earliest we’ve ever had a tornado watch issued,” Mawson said.

In Michigan, a tornado that hit a village northwest of Ann Arbor Thursday evening was packing winds of around 217 km/hr (135 mph). National Weather Service meteorologist Steven Freitag said the twister that hit Dexter was on the ground for about 30 minutes and plowed a path about 16 kilometres (10 miles) miles long.

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