Synoptic Set Up
|WPC Surface Analysis 8 AM June 1, 2011|
|NWS SPC reanalysis June 1, 2011 8 AM 500 mb heights, obs, temps|
The Storm Prediction Center recognized the threat and had most of New England in a severe weather risk area.
|SPC Day 1 outlook issued 2 AM June 1, 2011|
|GIS Radar Data Map NEXRAD data June 1, 2011 840 AM (image NOAA)|
By 12-1 PM temperatures soared into the low 90's with dew points around 70. Being in New England this is very rare. The cold front was on the move and already in Central PA/NY
|WPC Surface Analysis 2 PM June 1, 2011|
|Broyes text for mcd 1048|
|Tornado Watch 411 June 1, 2011|
|SPC MCD June 1, 2011 415 PM|
The best guess indicated the tornado touched down in Westfield, MA around 413 PM and continued into West Springfield at 417 PM. As it entered Springfield the storm rapidly strengthened. TV cameras in Springfield captured amazing video of the tornado crossing the Connecticut River and I-91 around 435 PM
Here is what the storm looked like on radar at this time.
|NWS Boston radar reflectivity and velocity 5 PM June 1, 2011 (Joe DellaCarpini, NWS Boston)|
|NWS Boston photos of 2011 tornado|