Bradstreet, MA F0 Tornado of July 2, 1961

Franklin County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 2:00 am EDT, which shows a warm front advecting north in the northeast United States and a cold front moving across the Midwest. This cold front would have moved east throughout the day, triggering thunderstorms in Massachusetts, which ultimately led to this long-track tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for July 2, 1961 at 2:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The Bradstreet, MA F0 tornado of July 2, 1961 impacted Franklin County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F0 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $25 thousand dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down in Franklin County west of Main Street at 5:30 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 2 miles and had a maximum width of 280 yards.


NOAA Central Library. (2019). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Friday July 2, 1961 [PDF]. Retrieved from

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