Tornadoes in Massachusetts and California??

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The tornadoes this year in the U.S. are shaping up to be one of the craziest in memory. It’s one thing to encounter tornadoes in the traditional geographic areas of the country, ‘tornado alley’, but how often do we hear about tornadoes in Massachusetts or California?

Having grown up in Massachusetts, I am very familiar with the area where this tornado touched down today in the Springfield area, taking 4 lives. In addition, how often do we hear about a tornado touching down in California? One did today, in Yuba City, and not that long ago, a tornado also touched down in Chico.

Massachusetts worst tornadoes include two F4 tornadoes, New England’s largest and deadliest which hit Worcester on June 9, 1953, killing 94 people. The other struck Great Barrington and surrounding towns on Aug. 28, 1973.


Tornado in Springfield, MA



Radar Loop of Massachusetts Tornadoes




Tornado Track Map, June-1-2011, Massachusetts
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Massachusetts Tornado Swath – Birds-eye-view
credit: Southbridge News
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Tornado in Yuba City, CA



Tornado in Chico, CA



NWS Report (Massachusetts Tornadoes)

The following is the NWS Taunton Public Information Statement on the Massachusetts Tornadoes and a Local Storm Report from this Major Severe Weather Outbreak. There is a possibility both statements will be updated and this was included in other coordination messages but for ease of use, the statements/reports in their entirety are provided below:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1002 PM EDT FRI JUN 3 2011

…THREE TORNADOES CONFIRMED ON JUNE 1 2011 IN MASSACHUSETTS…



…EF3 TORNADO CONFIRMED FROM WESTFIELD TO CHARLTON…

LOCATION…WESTFIELD TO CHARLTON IN HAMPDEN AND WORCESTER COUNTIES
DATE…JUNE 1 2011
ESTIMATED TIME…417 PM TO 527 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF3
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…160 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…ONE HALF MILE
PATH LENGTH…39.0 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…42.10N / 72.75W
ENDING LAT/LON…42.10N / 71.99W
* FATALITIES…4
* INJURIES…200

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

…SUMMARY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS HAS
CONFIRMED AN EF3 TORNADO FROM WESTFIELD TO CHARLTON MASSACHUSETTS
ON JUNE 1 2011.

A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPED OVER WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THIS STORM STRENGTHENED AND PRODUCED A LONG-
LIVED…VERY SIGNIFICANT TORNADO…THAT DID EXTENSIVE DAMAGE ACROSS
SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH-CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS.

THIS STORM WILL BE NOTED NOT ONLY FOR ITS INTENSITY…BUT ALSO FOR
THE LENGTH OF THE CONTINUOUS DAMAGE PATH…APPROXIMATELY 39 MILES.
THE TORNADO WAS ALSO VERY WIDE AT SOME POINTS…REACHING A MAXIMUM
WIDTH OF ONE-HALF MILE.

THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN IN THE MUNGER HILL SECTION OF
WESTFIELD WITH DAMAGE MAINLY LIMITED TO TREES…MANY UPROOTED AND
SNAPPED. THE ROOF OF MUNGER HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS ALSO
DAMAGED. THE TORNADO RAPIDLY INTENSIFIED AS IT MOVED INTO WEST
SPRINGFIELD. THE TORNADO CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO INDUSTRIAL
BUILDINGS AND HOMES. SEVERAL BUILDINGS HAD THEIR ROOFS REMOVED BY
THE TORNADO…A FEW STRUCTURES COLLAPSED…AND SEVERAL MULTI-
STORY BUILDINGS LOST THEIR UPPER STORIES.

THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED THE CONNECTICUT RIVER AT THE MEMORIAL
AVENUE BRIDGE AND INTO THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD. HERE THE TORNADO
PRODUCED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE DOWNTOWN AREA
WITH MANY HOMES DESTROYED. IN ADDITION COMMERCIAL BRICK BUILDINGS
SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE. ROOFS WERE REMOVED FROM MANY OF THESE
LARGE COMMERCIAL STRUCTURES. THE TORNADO ALSO PRODUCED SEVERE
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO TOWN HOMES AND APARTMENTS NEAR SPRINGFIELD
COLLEGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED MOVING EAST INTO THE ISLAND POND
SECTION OF SPRINGFIELD…WHERE CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL SUSTAINED
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE…AND MANY HOMES IN THIS PART THE CITY WERE
COMPLETELY DESTROYED.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE EAST THROUGH WILBRAHAM NEAR THE
WILBRAHAM-HAMPDEN TOWN LINE PRODUCING NEARLY COMPLETE
DEFORESTATION AND SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO NEARBY STRUCTURES.

THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED DIRECTLY THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE
TOWN OF MONSON. IN MONSON WIDESPREAD DAMAGE OCCURRED TO COMMERCIAL
AND RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS…WITH MANY HOMES COMPLETELY DESTROYED.
THE ROOF OF MONSON HIGH SCHOOL WAS DESTROYED. FORESTED PARTS OF
TOWN EXPERIENCED NEARLY COMPLETE DEFORESTATION AND IN SOME
LOCATIONS TREE BARK WAS STRIPPED FROM REMAINING TRUNKS.

THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS THE BRIMFIELD STATE FOREST WHERE IT
REACHED IT MAXIMUM WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY ONE-HALF MILE. ADDITIONAL
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED BOTH TO STRUCTURES AND FORESTED AREAS
FOR MANY MILES BEFORE THE TORNADO REACHED THE SOUTHBRIDGE AIRPORT.
HERE NUMEROUS AIRCRAFT WERE LIFTED OFF THE GROUND AND INTO THE
WOODS EAST OF THE AIRPORT.

THE TORNADO THEN MOVED EAST BEFORE LIFTING IN THE SOUTHWEST PART
OF CHARLTON.

…EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN WILBRAHAM…

LOCATION…WILBRAHAM IN HAMPDEN COUNTY
DATE…JUNE 1 2011
ESTIMATED TIME…632 PM TO 640 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…90 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…200 YARDS
PATH LENGTH…3.6 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…42.14N / 72.48W
ENDING LAT/LON…42.15N / 72.40W
* FATALITIES…0
* INJURIES…0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

…SUMMARY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS HAS
CONFIRMED AN EF1 TORNADO IN WILBRAHAM ON JUNE 1 2011.

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM CONFIRMED THAT AN EF1
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF WILBRAHAM. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED EAST CROSSING MAIN STREET AND MOUNTAIN ROAD…BUT
REMAINED SOUTH OF ROUTE 20. MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS TO TREES WITH
LARGE LIMBS SNAPPED OFF…AS WELL AS NUMEROUS TREES DOWNED.
SEVERAL WERE UPROOTED.

…EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN NORTH BRIMFIELD…

LOCATION…NORTH BRIMFIELD IN HAMPDEN COUNTY
DATE…JUNE 1 2011
ESTIMATED TIME…654 PM TO 657 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…90 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH…1.3 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…42.14N / 72.23W
ENDING LAT/LON…42.15N / 72.20W
* FATALITIES…0
* INJURIES…0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

…SUMMARY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS HAS
CONFIRMED AN EF1 TORNADO IN NORTH BRIMFIELD ON JUNE 1 2011.

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM CONFIRMED THAT A SECOND EF1
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NORTH OF BRIMFIELD WEST OF ROUTE 19. THIS
TORNADO CROSSED ROUTE 19 AND LIFTED NEAR TOWER HILL ROAD. THE
DAMAGE WAS SURVEYED ON THE GROUND AND BY AIRCRAFT. THE DAMAGE
CONSISTED OF TREES WITH LARGE LIMBS SNAPPED OFF…AS WELL AS
NUMEROUS TREES DOWNED…A FEW OF WHICH WERE UPROOTED. THIS TORNADO
IS FROM THE SAME PARENT THUNDERSTORM THAT PRODUCED THE TORNADO IN
NORTH WILBRAHAM.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/BOX.

FOR REFERENCE…THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO
THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0…WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1…WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2…WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3…WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4…WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5…WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

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