Leeds, MA F1 Tornado of June 2, 2000

Hampshire County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 8:00 am EDT, which shows a stationary front across Massachusetts and a strong cold front moving across the Great Lakes. This cold front eventually moved east and triggered thunderstorms across western Massachusetts, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for June 2, 2000 at 8:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2020).

The Leeds, MA F1 tornado of June 2, 2000 impacted Hampshire County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F1 tornado caused no fatalities, injuries or property damage. The tornado touched down near Main Street at 5:00 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 0.1 mile and had a maximum width of 15 yards.

Figure 2. Episode narrative for June 2, 2000 (NOAA NCEI, 2020).


NOAA Central Library. (2020). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Friday June 2, 2000 [PDF]. Retrieved from https://library.noaa.gov/Collections/Digital-Collections/US-Daily-Weather-Maps

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (2020). Storm Events Database. Retrieved from: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/