Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 5:00 pm EDT, which shows an approaching cold front across the northeast United States. This front moved across Massachusetts in the early evening hours of October 23rd triggering thunderstorms, which ultimately led to this tornado.
The Hardwick, MA EF1 tornado of October 23, 2018 impacted Worcester County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2020), the EF1 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries. The damage caused by this tornado was not documented by NOAA. The tornado touched down near Patrill Hollow Road at 4:03 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 0.8 miles and had a maximum width of 350 yards.
NWS Weather Prediction Center Surface Analysis Archive. (2017). Surface analysis 21Z Tue Oct 23 2018. Retrieved from: https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/archives/web_pages/sfc/sfc_archive.php
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (2020). Storm Events Database. Retrieved from: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/