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Let's talk about tornadoes in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts is thousands of miles away from tornado alley. You wouldn't think the state would be under the threat for tornadoes, would you?

 

Well... no. We're still threatened by tornadoes each year. A state-wide (excluding Berkshire County) tornado watch, like what happened yesterday, is an uncommon occurrence, though.

 

Tornadoes in MA are rare, and those that do happen are minor, causing under $50k in property damage on average. Severe tornadoes, like what happened in Worcester in 1953, Springfield in 2011 and Revere in 2014 are rare.

 

According to the Tornado History Project, 162 tornadoes have hit Massachusetts between 1951 and 2014 (this number can now be brought up to 163 between 1951 and 2015), a rate of 3 tornadoes per year. Worcester County has been the hardest-hit, with 42 recorded tornadoes since 1950. The county I live in, Bristol County, meanwhile, has only 13 recorded tornadoes since 1950. The one that struck Revere, meanwhile, was the first in at least 64 years for Suffolk County. The one that struck Wrentham yesterday was the 11th in Norfolk County.

 

As for how deadly they are, just over 100 people have been killed by tornadoes in Massachusetts since 1950, while nearly 1600 others have suffered tornado-related injuries.

 

The four most devastating tornadoes to hit Massachusetts are:

  • Great Worcester (6/9/1953; 94 deaths, 1288 injured; F-4)
  • West Stockbridge (8/28/1973; 4 deaths, 40 injured; F-4)
  • Great Barrington (5/29/1995; 3 deaths, 24 injuries; F-4)
  • Springfield (6/1/2011; 3 deaths, 200 injuries; EF-3)

 


And now you know. Just because we're thousands of miles away from tornado alley doesn't automatically make us immune. That being said, most tornadoes to have hit the state spawn in western MA, where the land is flatter. Eastern MA is more hilly, which is something tornadoes don't like.

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Great Worcester O_o  I hope nothing like that ever happens again.  

 

Tornadoes can spring up from nearly any major storm system.  All that a tornado requires is the correct conditions, so I don't think that any state is immune from the threat of tornadoes.

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I don't live in Massachusetts, but my town in the early 1990's had a tornado that about tore it all up. It almost hit my grandparent's house. I'm afraid of tornadoes, so I hope nothing like that happens again. We had many close calls and "warnings" before, but no tornado has really ripped through my town since then.

I wish most towns have installed tornado shelters, or all homes should have basements.

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I don't live in Massachusetts, but my town in the early 1990's had a tornado that about tore it all up. It almost hit my grandparent's house. I'm afraid of tornadoes, so I hope nothing like that happens again. We had many close calls and "warnings" before, but no tornado has really ripped through my town since then.

 

I wish most towns have installed tornado shelters, or all homes should have basements.

Basically all homes in MA have basements, so we're good there. Wish everyone could have the same luxury in case things get really bad like they did in Springfield or even Worcester.

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Thus living in tornado valley, these things are always meant to be taken seriously. No matter the size. Using a nationwide map, you can see it's far more than tornado alley who have to be wary for them. 

 

That said, I still awe at them. Such raw unforgiving power. There was an F-5 a year ago that was flipping semis like pancakes. Not to mention the horror of that Moore tornado back in 2013. or Joplin. 

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Thus living in tornado valley, these things are always meant to be taken seriously. No matter the size. Using a nationwide map, you can see it's far more than tornado alley who have to be wary for them. 

 

That said, I still awe at them. Such raw unforgiving power. There was an F-5 a year ago that was flipping semis like pancakes. Not to mention the horror of that Moore tornado back in 2013. or Joplin. 

Or the 1999 F-5 tornado in Moore. Damn, that thing musta been intense to go through.

 

I watched some videos of the 2011 Springfield tornado, and that also seemed pretty intense, with how it crossed the Connecticut River before turning towards downtown. That tornado was so destructive Obama declared the Greater Springfield area a federal disaster area a few days after, and then-governor Deval Patrick activated 1300 MA National Guard troops to aid in rescue and recovery efforts. Not sure what it was like after the 1953 Worcester tornado but I'd imagine the local and national response was much greater than Springfield. 94 people killed and another 1288 injured, along with over 10,000 homeless, hot damn. As I said, most of the naders form in WMA, where it's flatter (and less densely-populated). More likely to live longer and cause more damage in flat areas.

 

Another thing about the Springfield tornado, you can still see the track from space. It's more visible during the winter, but it's still visible four years later.

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They've even happened in the UK but they are very, very rare and not very powerful at all. like F0 or something. XD

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