Tornadoes in Canada from 1980 to 2009
- To look at the Government of Canada Dataset on Tornadoes from 1980 and 2009 and their impact on the Canadian population.
- To attempt to better understand where tornadoes are more likely and when.
- To attempt to understand the financial impact on Canadians of tornadoes.
Limitations of Dataset
- The only data available from the Government of Canada covers the 1980 to 2009 period.
- This only captures tornadoes that were recorded. It would not take into account tornadoes that hit non populated areas. Therefore I always qualify findings as 'tornadoes in populated communities'. No data can really be discerned on the amount of activity country wide.
- As this is a learning exercise only, no attempt is being made to add extra data from other sources or the periods of 2010-2019. The goal is to see what this government provided dataset actually tells us.
- Human/Animal Death/Injuries often show -999. This can either mean no deaths or unsure. I will assume 0 deaths
- Damage to housing is an ambiguous column. Assumption made that 000 is 000(000) based on the amount of deaths and injuries
- House Damage data often shows -999. This number either signifies no significant damage or unknown. I will assume 0 damage.
Interesting work happening today to study tornado activity in Canada
The data provided by the OpenData portal is seriously lacking. It appears a team of researchers have taken on the task to better understand tornado activity in Canada.