Buzzards Bay, MA F2 Tornado of August 28, 1970

Bristol County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 8:00 am EDT, which shows a stationary front across the northeast United States. This front became the focus for thunderstorms throughout the afternoon of August 28th, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for August 28, 1970 at 8:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The Buzzards Bay , MA F2 tornado of August 28 , 1970 impacted Bristol County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F2 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $25 thousand dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down in Buzzards Bay at 11:00 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 1 mile and had a maximum width of 33 yards.


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