Franklin County, MA F0 Tornado of August 1, 1983

Franklin County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 8:00 am EDT, which shows a cold front moving across the Great Lakes. This front moved toward Massachusetts throughout the morning hours and triggered thunderstorms, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for August 1, 1983 at 8:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2020).

The Franklin County, MA F0 tornado of August 1, 1983 impacted Franklin County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F0 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $30 dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down near Leyden Road at 3:00 am EDT. The tornado travelled for 0.1 miles and had a maximum width of 13 yards.


NOAA Central Library. (2020). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Monday August 1, 1983 [PDF]. Retrieved from

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (2019). Storm Events Database. Retrieved from: