Pittsfield, MA EF1 Tornado of July 27, 2014

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 2:00 pm EDT, which shows a warm front extending into Massachusetts. This front became the focus for thunderstorm activity, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface analysis at 18Z on July 27, 2014 showing mean sea-level pressure (MSLP) contours, surface observations, fronts and pressure centres (WPC, 2017)

The Pittsfield, MA EF1 tornado of July 27, 2014 impacted Berkshire County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the EF1 tornado caused no fatalities, injuries or property damage. The tornado touched down near South Street at 4:55 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 0.25 miles and had a maximum width of 20 yards.

Figure 2. Episode narrative for July 27, 2014 (NOAA NCEI, 2020).


NWS Weather Prediction Center Surface Analysis Archive. (2017). Surface analysis 18Z Sun Jul 27 2014. Retrieved from: https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/archives/web_pages/sfc/sfc_archive.php

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

National Centers for Environmental Information reports:

A National Weather Service Storm Survey determined that an EF1 tornado occurred in the Greenridge section of Dalton. The tornado began in Greenridge park on South Street and moved southeast up a hill for one-quarter of a mile, before lifting behind residences on Lindsay Drive. The tornado downed a path of trees through a forest, clearing an area that was 10 to 20 yards wide.