Mount Greylock State Reservation, MA F1 Tornado of October 3, 1963

Berkshire County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 2:00 am EDT, which shows a cold front moving across southern Ontario. This front eventually moved east-southeast throughout the afternoon hours on October 3rd and initiated thunderstorms, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for October 3, 1963 at 2:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The Berkshire County, MA F1 tornado of October 3, 1963 impacted Berkshire County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F1 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $2.5 thousand dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down in Berkshire County near Rockwell Road at 4:20 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 3 miles and had a maximum width of 17 yards.


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