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NOUS41 KBOX 010515
PNSBOX
CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-020515-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
115 AM EDT MON SEP 1 2014

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN WORCESTER MA ON AUGUST 31 2014...

LOCATION...WORCESTER IN WORCESTER COUNTY MA
DATE...AUGUST 31 2014
ESTIMATED TIME...810-814 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...85 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...0.1 MILES
PATH LENGTH...1.7 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...42.24N / 71.80W
ENDING LAT/LON...42.26N / 71.77W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MA HAS CONFIRMED THAT A
A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THE CITY OF WORCESTER MA ON AUGUST 31
2014.

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TEAM INVESTIGATED THE DAMAGE WITH THE
HELP OF A MEMBER OF THE WORCESTER EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY LATE
THIS EVENING. NUMEROUS REPORTS FROM AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS AND
SKYWARN SPOTTERS HELPED FOCUS WHICH AREAS WERE IN NEED OF
INVESTIGATION.

THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF PERRY
AVENUE AND FAIRFAX ROAD...JUST TO THE EAST OF INTERSTATE 290 AND
NORTH OF ROUTE 146. THERE WAS A WELL-DEFINED NARROW PATH OF
DAMAGE THAT EXTENDED NORTHEASTWARD FOR NEARLY 1.7 MILES...PASSING
JUST EAST OF SAINT VINCENT HOSPITAL AND ENDING ON GORDON STREET...
JUST NORTH OF HAMILTON STREET AND WEST OF HARRINGTON WAY.
NO DAMAGE WAS SEEN NEAR NORTH HIGH SCHOOL.

OVERALL...THE DAMAGE WAS MOSTLY TO TREES...SOME OF WHICH WERE
UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. THE SNAPPING OCCURRED 40-50 FEET ABOVE THE
GROUND IN SOME LOCATIONS AND CLOSER TO THE BASES AT OTHER
LOCATIONS. SOME TREES LANDED ON CARS CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO
THE CARS. A COUPLE OF TREES ALSO LANDED ON HOMES. HOWEVER THERE
WAS LITTLE IF ANY STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO HOMES IN AN AREA THAT IS
RELATIVELY DENSELY POPULATED WITH HOMES. A FEW WINDOWS WERE
BROKEN...BUT BY BRANCHES HITTING THEM AND NOT BY BEING BLOW OUT.

ON HEYWOOD STREET TO THE EAST OF SAINT VINCENT HOSPITAL...A FEW
NARROW METAL POLES WERE SNAPPED BUT THE POLES HAD NETTING
ATTACHED TO THEM WHICH COULD HAVE ACTED SOMEWHAT AS A SAIL.
A SOCCER NET WAS ENTANGLED IN TREES. IN A FIELD...A FEW LARGE
BRANCHES WERE FOUND THAT APPARENTLY HAD BEEN AIRBORN AND DEPOSITED
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD...FAR FROM ANY TREES. THERE WAS
DISTINCT EVIDENCE OF TORNADIC FLOW...WITH TREES BLOWN DOWN FROM
SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST ON ONE SIDE AND NORTHEAST TO SOUTHWEST ON
THE OTHER SIDE AT THAT LOCATION.

ACCORDING TO THE DEGREES OF DAMAGE PORTION OF THE ENHANCED FUJITA
SCALE...THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE WAS AT THE VERY HIGH END OF THE
EF0 SCALE...WHICH CORRESPONDS TO WIND SPEEDS OF APPROXIMATELY
85 MPH. DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A TORNADIC DEBRIS SIGNATURE AT
811 PM AND THUS WE ESTIMATE THAT THE TORNADO BEGAN AT 810 PM AND
WAS ON THE GROUND UNTIL 814 PM. RADAR INDICATED THAT THE DEBRIS
SIGNATURE CONTINUED FOR SEVERAL MORE MINUTES WITH ROTATION
CONTINUING ALOFT...BUT THERE WAS NO MORE EVIDENCE OF DAMAGE ON THE
GROUND AFTER 814 PM.

AGAIN...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR
AMATEUR RADIO SKYWARN SPOTTERS AND THE WORCESTER EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR ENABLING US TO RAPIDLY INVESTIGATE THE
DAMAGE FROM THIS STORM.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/BOX.

FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES
INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

$$
FIELD/THOMPSON

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WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON

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WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSBOSTON

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000
NOUS41 KBOX 010515
PNSBOX
CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-020515-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
115 AM EDT MON SEP 1 2014

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN WORCESTER MA ON AUGUST 31 2014...

LOCATION...WORCESTER IN WORCESTER COUNTY MA
DATE...AUGUST 31 2014
ESTIMATED TIME...810-814 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...85 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...0.1 MILES
PATH LENGTH...1.7 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...42.24N / 71.80W
ENDING LAT/LON...42.26N / 71.77W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MA HAS CONFIRMED THAT A
A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THE CITY OF WORCESTER MA ON AUGUST 31
2014.

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TEAM INVESTIGATED THE DAMAGE WITH THE
HELP OF A MEMBER OF THE WORCESTER EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY LATE
THIS EVENING. NUMEROUS REPORTS FROM AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS AND
SKYWARN SPOTTERS HELPED FOCUS WHICH AREAS WERE IN NEED OF
INVESTIGATION.

THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF PERRY
AVENUE AND FAIRFAX ROAD...JUST TO THE EAST OF INTERSTATE 290 AND
NORTH OF ROUTE 146. THERE WAS A WELL-DEFINED NARROW PATH OF
DAMAGE THAT EXTENDED NORTHEASTWARD FOR NEARLY 1.7 MILES...PASSING
JUST EAST OF SAINT VINCENT HOSPITAL AND ENDING ON GORDON STREET...
JUST NORTH OF HAMILTON STREET AND WEST OF HARRINGTON WAY.
NO DAMAGE WAS SEEN NEAR NORTH HIGH SCHOOL.

OVERALL...THE DAMAGE WAS MOSTLY TO TREES...SOME OF WHICH WERE
UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. THE SNAPPING OCCURRED 40-50 FEET ABOVE THE
GROUND IN SOME LOCATIONS AND CLOSER TO THE BASES AT OTHER
LOCATIONS. SOME TREES LANDED ON CARS CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO
THE CARS. A COUPLE OF TREES ALSO LANDED ON HOMES. HOWEVER THERE
WAS LITTLE IF ANY STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO HOMES IN AN AREA THAT IS
RELATIVELY DENSELY POPULATED WITH HOMES. A FEW WINDOWS WERE
BROKEN...BUT BY BRANCHES HITTING THEM AND NOT BY BEING BLOW OUT.

ON HEYWOOD STREET TO THE EAST OF SAINT VINCENT HOSPITAL...A FEW
NARROW METAL POLES WERE SNAPPED BUT THE POLES HAD NETTING
ATTACHED TO THEM WHICH COULD HAVE ACTED SOMEWHAT AS A SAIL.
A SOCCER NET WAS ENTANGLED IN TREES. IN A FIELD...A FEW LARGE
BRANCHES WERE FOUND THAT APPARENTLY HAD BEEN AIRBORN AND DEPOSITED
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD...FAR FROM ANY TREES. THERE WAS
DISTINCT EVIDENCE OF TORNADIC FLOW...WITH TREES BLOWN DOWN FROM
SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST ON ONE SIDE AND NORTHEAST TO SOUTHWEST ON
THE OTHER SIDE AT THAT LOCATION.

ACCORDING TO THE DEGREES OF DAMAGE PORTION OF THE ENHANCED FUJITA
SCALE...THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE WAS AT THE VERY HIGH END OF THE
EF0 SCALE...WHICH CORRESPONDS TO WIND SPEEDS OF APPROXIMATELY
85 MPH. DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A TORNADIC DEBRIS SIGNATURE AT
811 PM AND THUS WE ESTIMATE THAT THE TORNADO BEGAN AT 810 PM AND
WAS ON THE GROUND UNTIL 814 PM. RADAR INDICATED THAT THE DEBRIS
SIGNATURE CONTINUED FOR SEVERAL MORE MINUTES WITH ROTATION
CONTINUING ALOFT...BUT THERE WAS NO MORE EVIDENCE OF DAMAGE ON THE
GROUND AFTER 814 PM.

AGAIN...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR
AMATEUR RADIO SKYWARN SPOTTERS AND THE WORCESTER EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR ENABLING US TO RAPIDLY INVESTIGATE THE
DAMAGE FROM THIS STORM.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/BOX.

FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES
INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

$$
FIELD/THOMPSON

FOR THE LATEST UPDATES...PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBPAGE AT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON

YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSBOSTON

YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT
@NWSBOSTON





000
NOUS41 KBOX 010427
PNSBOX
CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-011627-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1227 AM EDT MON SEP 01 2014

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 5
HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. APPRECIATION
IS EXTENDED TO SKYWARN SPOTTERS...COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...MEDIA AND
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE
ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON

********************STORM TOTAL RAINFALL********************

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS
                     RAINFALL           OF
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT

MASSACHUSETTS

...HAMPDEN COUNTY...
   BRIMFIELD             2.01   741 PM  8/31  AMATEUR RADIO

...WORCESTER COUNTY...
   BROOKFIELD            3.23   827 PM  8/31  AMATEUR RADIO
   LEICESTER             3.03   910 PM  8/31  AMATEUR RADIO
   WORCESTER             3.00   804 PM  8/31  TRAINED SPOTTER
   3 WNW WORCESTER       2.41  1000 PM  8/31  ASOS
   SPENCER               2.33   850 PM  8/31  AMATEUR RADIO

$$

EVT/BELK





000
NOUS41 KBOX 010427
PNSBOX
CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-011627-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1227 AM EDT MON SEP 01 2014

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 5
HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. APPRECIATION
IS EXTENDED TO SKYWARN SPOTTERS...COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...MEDIA AND
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE
ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON

********************STORM TOTAL RAINFALL********************

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS
                     RAINFALL           OF
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT

MASSACHUSETTS

...HAMPDEN COUNTY...
   BRIMFIELD             2.01   741 PM  8/31  AMATEUR RADIO

...WORCESTER COUNTY...
   BROOKFIELD            3.23   827 PM  8/31  AMATEUR RADIO
   LEICESTER             3.03   910 PM  8/31  AMATEUR RADIO
   WORCESTER             3.00   804 PM  8/31  TRAINED SPOTTER
   3 WNW WORCESTER       2.41  1000 PM  8/31  ASOS
   SPENCER               2.33   850 PM  8/31  AMATEUR RADIO

$$

EVT/BELK




000
NOUS41 KBOX 010252
PNSBOX
CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-010700-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1052 PM EDT SUN AUG 31 2014

...PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY IS IN PROGRESS NEAR WORCESTER IN
WORCESTER COUNTY MA...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS IS
CONDUCTING A STORM SURVEY FOR THE AREA NEAR WORCESTER. THE SURVEY
IS IN RELATION TO THE THUNDERSTORM THAT MOVED THROUGH THE AREA THIS
EVENING...AND WILL INCLUDE A DETERMINATION OF WHETHER THAT
THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED A TORNADO.

A FINAL ASSESSMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED AND TRANSMITTED
VIA A PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT ON MONDAY.

IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE...WHICH CAN BE FOUND AT
WEATHER.GOV/BOX.

$$

FOR THE LATEST UPDATES...PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBPAGE AT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON

YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSBOSTON

YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT
@NWSBOSTON

WTB




000
NOUS41 KBOX 010252
PNSBOX
CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-010700-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1052 PM EDT SUN AUG 31 2014

...PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY IS IN PROGRESS NEAR WORCESTER IN
WORCESTER COUNTY MA...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS IS
CONDUCTING A STORM SURVEY FOR THE AREA NEAR WORCESTER. THE SURVEY
IS IN RELATION TO THE THUNDERSTORM THAT MOVED THROUGH THE AREA THIS
EVENING...AND WILL INCLUDE A DETERMINATION OF WHETHER THAT
THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED A TORNADO.

A FINAL ASSESSMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED AND TRANSMITTED
VIA A PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT ON MONDAY.

IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE...WHICH CAN BE FOUND AT
WEATHER.GOV/BOX.

$$

FOR THE LATEST UPDATES...PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBPAGE AT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON

YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSBOSTON

YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT
@NWSBOSTON

WTB





000
NOUS41 KBOX 312359
PNSBOX
CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-011159-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
759 PM EDT SUN AUG 31 2014

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 3
HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. THIS SUMMARY
IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON

********************STORM TOTAL RAINFALL********************

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS
                     RAINFALL           OF
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT

MASSACHUSETTS

...HAMPDEN COUNTY...
   BRIMFIELD             2.01   741 PM  8/31  AMATEUR RADIO

...WORCESTER COUNTY...
   BROOKFIELD            3.12   754 PM  8/31  AMATEUR RADIO

$$

FIELD





000
NOUS41 KBOX 312359
PNSBOX
CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-011159-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
759 PM EDT SUN AUG 31 2014

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 3
HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. THIS SUMMARY
IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON

********************STORM TOTAL RAINFALL********************

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS
                     RAINFALL           OF
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT

MASSACHUSETTS

...HAMPDEN COUNTY...
   BRIMFIELD             2.01   741 PM  8/31  AMATEUR RADIO

...WORCESTER COUNTY...
   BROOKFIELD            3.12   754 PM  8/31  AMATEUR RADIO

$$

FIELD




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