South Branch Park, MA F0 Tornado of July 19, 1968

Hampden County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 6:00 am EDT, which shows a cold front moving across the northeast United States. This front became the focus for thunderstorms, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for July 19, 1968 at 6:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The South Branch Park, MA F0 tornado of July 19, 1968 impacted Hampden County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F0 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $250 dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down near Burt Road at 5:15 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 0.1 miles and had a maximum width of 33 yards.


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