Hadley, MA F2 Tornado of July 21, 1961

Figure 1. Surface weather map for July 21, 1961 at 2:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The Hadley, MA F2 tornado of July 21, 1961 impacted Hampshire 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 Hampshire County south of Bridge Street at 5:15 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 4.9 miles and had a maximum width of 167 yards.

Figure 2. Storm data publication (U.S. Department of Commerce, 1961).


NOAA Central Library. (2019). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Friday July 21, 1961 [PDF]. Retrieved from https://library.noaa.gov/Collections/Digital-Collections/US-Daily-Weather-Maps

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (2019). Storm Events Database. Retrieved from: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/

U.S. Department of Commerce. (July, 1961). Storm Data (Volume 3, No. 7) [PDF]. Asheville, NC: U.S. Retrieved from http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/swdi/stormevents/pub-pdf/storm_1961_07.pdf