South Lynnfield, MA F2 Tornado of August 25, 1958

Middlesex County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 2:00 am EDT, which shows shows a stationary front across Massachusetts and a cold front moving across the Great Lakes. This cold front likely became the focus for intense thunderstorms through the early morning hours of August 25th, which ultimately led to this F2 tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for August 25, 1958 at 2:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The South Lynnfield, MA F2 tornado of August 25, 1958 impacted Middlesex County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F2 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $2.5 thousand dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down in Middlesex County near Lake Street at 6:00 am EDT. The tornado travelled for 1 mile and had a maximum width of 50 yards.


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