New Bedford, MA F0 Tornado of September 14, 1972

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 8:00 am EDT, which shows a cold front moving across the northeastern United States. This front became the focus for thunderstorms, which ultimately led to this tornado in the afternoon hours of September 14th.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for September 14, 1972 at 8:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The New Bedford, MA F0 tornado of September 14, 1972 impacted Bristol County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F0 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $2500 dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down near John F Kennedy Highway at 4:40 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 4.1 miles and had a maximum width of 20 yards.


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