Canton Junction, MA F2 Tornado of November 22, 1956

Norfolk County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 2:30 am EDT, which shows a cold front across the U.S. Midwest and a warm front across the Great Lakes. The cold front moved east throughout the day and triggered thunderstorms, which reached Massachusetts in the late-evening hours of November 21st. These thunderstorms were responsible for three F2 tornadoes across the state.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for November 21, 1956 at 2:30 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The Canton Junction, MA F2 tornado of November 22, 1956 impacted Norfolk County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F2 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $2.5 thousand dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down in Norfolk County just southeast of US-MA 95 at 1:15 am EDT. The tornado travelled for 0.1 mile and had a maximum width of 17 yards.


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