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Thunderstorm/Tornado damage video
The first video is a storm in the Lawrence/Methuen area of MA. The second video was taken by a friend of mine Kris Vogt and is footage of the destructive June 1 tornado.
It has been 6 years since the devastating June 1, 2011, severe weather outbreak that left parts of the region in ruin. The twister left a physical scar that can be seen in winter time, even years after the event.
The emotional scars run deeper as business and homeowners in the path of the twister are still struggling to rebuild and recover. Three people lost their lives, many more were injured, and millions of dollars of damage was done from Westfield to Sturbridge. This post will not focus on any of that. Instead, this will be an account of the storm from a meteorologist's perspective as it happened. We will start on May 30, 2011, to see how well this event was forecast and we will end on the evening of June 1, 2011.
May 30, 2011
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK first highlighted the potential for severe weather on June 1, 2011, two days ahead of time when they put most of the northeast in a "slight" risk in their 3-day convective outlook. A …
When temperatures spiked to 73 in February, did anyone actually believe winter was over? Oh, you did? Ha!
A major winter storm will impact the region beginning Tuesday morning. Confidence in a storm is high but the ultimate track is still being worked out. There is a high probability of double-digit snow totals for everyone except South Coastal New England. The final track will likely bring some mixed precipitation/rain to these areas. They hit the jackpot yesterday as many locations near the South Coast and over to the Cape and Islands reported over 6" snow Friday. A full list can be found here.
Temperatures this morning bottomed out at 6 in Worcester, 10 in Boston and Hartford, and 14 in Providence. These fall short of record territory but they will set the stage for potentially the lowest high temperature on record for the date.
Current forecasts do indeed break or tie the low max temperatures today. Worcester will struggle to get back to 15-16 while Boston should g…
(This thread will stay updated with the latest information until the storm ends. The latest post will appear first-ZG) Post 16 4/1/17 10:52 AM
It will drop below freezing tonight so try and clear all the crap off before the re-freeze.
Post 15- 4/1/17 9:45 AM
Here are some updated snow totals. Westminster is in the lead, but Ashburnham is right there. Those Oakmont towns might be the state champ today.
Post 14- 4/1/17 9:30 AM
Warmer air has held on aloft, so the change to snow is delayed. At about 5000 feet in the atmosphere temperatures are still above freezing.
By 11 AM it will go below freezing aloft in Southern Worcester and Norfolk Counties.
Some may see 1-3", but that is about it.
Post 13- 4/1/17 5:37 AM
Winds are picking up across South Coastal New England.
Post 12- 4/1/17 5:15 AM
Good Morning! Let's take a quick reset. Here is the surface analysis of this storm as of 2 AM.
Theseus isn't the best looking storm I've ever seen. but I'm sure his mom thinks he …