Whiteville, MA F1 Tornado of August 2, 1970

Bristol County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 8:00 am EDT, which shows a cold front moving across Massachusetts. This front was the focus of thunderstorms in the early morning hours of August 2nd, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for August 2, 1970 at 8:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The Whiteville , MA F1 tornado of August 2 , 1970 impacted Bristol County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F1 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $25 thousand dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down near Beaumont Pond Drive at 1:30 am EDT. The tornado travelled for 2 miles and had a maximum width of 100 yards.


NOAA Central Library. (2019). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Saturday August 2, 1970 [PDF]. Retrieved from https://library.noaa.gov/Collections/Digital-Collections/US-Daily-Weather-Maps

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (2019). Storm Events Database. Retrieved from: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/