Kelly Hill, MA F0 Tornado of July 21, 1963

Hampden County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 2:00 am EDT, which shows a stationary front off the U.S. northeast coast. This stationary front likely became the focus for thunderstorms in the late-afternoon and evening hours of July 21st, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for July 21, 1963 at 2:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The Hampden County, MA F0 tornado of July 21, 1963 impacted Hampden County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F0 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $2.5 thousand dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down in Hampden County near Kelly Hill at 6:00 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 0.3 miles and had a maximum width of 67 yards.


NOAA Central Library. (2019). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Tuesday July 21, 1963 [PDF]. Retrieved from

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