North Adams, MA F1 Tornado of June 18, 1970

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 7:00 am EDT, which shows a cold front moving through the Great Lakes. This front would move east-southeast, triggering thunderstorms, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for June 18, 1970 at 7:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The North Adams , MA F1 tornado of June 18, 1970 impacted Berkshire County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F1 tornado caused no fatalities, but injured four people and caused $250 thousand dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down near Williamstown at 8:00 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 18.7 miles and had a maximum width of 440 yards.


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