Fitchburg, MA F1 Tornado of June 1, 1956

Worcester County

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

The Fitchburg, MA F1 tornado of June 1, 1956 impacted Worcester County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F1 tornado caused no fatalities, but injured 14 people and caused $25 thousand dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down in Worcester County west of Ashby State Road at 5:40 pm EDT. The path of the tornado was not documented by the Weather Bureau, but it had a maximum width of 33 yards.


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