Franklin, MA F0 Tornado of May 18, 1990

Norfolk County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 8:00 am EDT, which shows a low pressure moving across northern Ontario with a trough extending into the northeastern United States. This front became the focus for thunderstorms across Massachusetts throughout the morning hours of May 18th, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for May 18, 1990 at 8:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2020).

The Franklin, MA F0 tornado of May 18, 1990 impacted Norfolk County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F0 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $2500 dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down near Cottage Street at 1:10 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 0.2 mile and had a maximum width of 10 yards.

Figure 2. This narrative was extracted from the historical 08/1986 Storm Data Publication. Please refer to the Database Details page for more information or the NCEI Image and Publication System for access to all NCEI publications (NOAA NCEI, 2020).


NOAA Central Library. (2020). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Friday May 18, 1990 [PDF]. Retrieved from

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