Gardner, MA F0 Tornado of August 10, 1990

Worcester County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 8:00 am EDT, which shows a stationary front across the northeastern United States with precipitation (shaded area) on its western side. This front was the focus for thunderstorm activity in the morning hours of August 10th, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for August 10, 1990 at 8:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2020).

The Gardner, MA F0 tornado of August 10, 1990 impacted Worcester 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 Crescent Road at 2:08 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 1 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 August 10, 1990 [PDF]. Retrieved from

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