Beverly Road, MA F2 Tornado of August 31, 1966

Worcester County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 2:00 am EDT, which shows a stationary front across the Great Lakes. This front eventually moved south-southeast toward Massachusetts and helped initiate thunderstorms, which ultimately led to two tornadoes across the state in the afternoon hours of August 31st.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for August 31, 1966 at 2:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The Beverly Road, MA F2 tornado of August 31, 1966 impacted Worcester County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F2 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries and NOAA did not document any damage. The tornado touched down near Barber Ave at 4:50 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 1 mile and had a maximum width of 67 yards.


NOAA Central Library. (2019). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Wednesday August 31, 1966 [PDF]. Retrieved from

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