Holliston, MA F1 Tornado of September 27, 1985

Middlesex County

Figure 1. Satellite image of Hurricane Gloria just south of the Outer Banks on September 26, 1985 (NWS Newport/Morehead City, NC).

Figure 2 depicts the surface observations at 8:00 am EDT, which shows a strong Category 4 Hurricane Gloria making landfall on the North Carolina coast. This hurricane was the cause of thunderstorm activity across Massachusetts on this day, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for September 27, 1985 at 8:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2020).

The Holliston, MA F1 tornado of September 27, 1985 impacted Middlesex County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F1 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $250 dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down near Washington Street at 3:00 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 0.1 miles and had a maximum width of 40 yards.


NWS Newport/Morehead City, NC. (2020). Hurricane Gloria September 27, 1985. Retrieved from https://www.weather.gov/mhx/Sep271985EventReview

NOAA Central Library. (2020). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Friday September 27, 1985 [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/