Gilbertville, MA F2 Tornado of May 20, 1963

Figure 1. Surface weather map for May 20, 1963 at 2:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The Gilbertville, MA F2 tornado of May 20, 1963 impacted Franklin County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F2 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $25 thousand dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down in Franklin County near Main Street at 3:30 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 3 miles and had a maximum width of 17 yards.


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