Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF1
-- Length 1.69 Miles
-- Width 100 Yards
State MASSACHUSETTS
County/Area HAMPDEN
WFO BOX
Begin Date 06/01/2011 17:54:00 EST-5
Begin Range 2
Begin Azimuth NW
Begin Location BRIMFIELD
Begin Lat/Lon 42.14/-72.23
End Date 06/01/2011 17:57:00 EST-5
End Range 2
End Azimuth N
End Location BRIMFIELD
End Lat/Lon 42.15/-72.2
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative An upper level closed low over southern Ontario tracked across Quebec while at the surface, a cold front over western New York crossed southern New England in the evening of June 1. An environment characterized by high CAPE (2000-3000 J/kg) and high shear (greater than 200 m2/s2) was in place across western Massachusetts. In addition, mid level lapse rates were an impressive 7 to 8 C/km. Thunderstorms forming ahead of the front organized into discrete supercells in an environment highly favorable for tornado formation.

While convection fired early in the day along a weak low level theta-e ridge across north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, clearing allowed for rapid destabilization in the afternoon.

Thunderstorms developed during the morning ahead of the cold front from eastern Pennsylvania into southeast New York and Vermont. By about 3 pm, the storms entered western Massachusetts and were in the form of discrete supercells. By 4 pm, several supercells had developed across southern Vermont, southwest New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts. At that time, the supercell which eventually produced the most significant tornado entered Hampden County from the Berkshires. This cell produced what was evaluated to be an EF-3 tornado touching down in Westfield and continuing on a 38 mile long trek through West Springfield, Springfield, Wilbraham, Monson, Brimfield, and Sturbridge. This tornado was on the ground for an estimated 70 minutes.

About two hours later, another supercell tracked just to the north of the storm track of the EF3 tornado. While its rotation was not as strong, it produced brief tornadoes in Wilbraham (EF1), North Brimfield (EF1), and Sturbridge (EF0).

While the focus was certainly on the tornadoes and their damage, damaging winds, large hail up to two inches in diameter, and some flash flooding also occurred across southern New England.
Event Narrative The tornado touched down north of Brimfield, west of Route 19. It then crossed Route 19 and lifted near Tower Hill Road. The damage was surveyed on the ground and by aircraft and consisted of trees with large limbs snapped off, as well as numerous trees downed, a few of which were uprooted. This tornado was produced by the same thunderstorm that produced the North Wilbraham tornado.

All associated property damage estimates are included in the EF3 tornado that occurred in Hampden and Worcester Counties.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 3 200 227.783M 0.00K
DEERFIELD FRANKLIN CO. MA 06/01/2011 14:23 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
CHESTERFIELD HAMPSHIRE CO. MA 06/01/2011 14:32 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HUNTINGTON HAMPSHIRE CO. MA 06/01/2011 14:32 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PLAINFIELD HAMPSHIRE CO. MA 06/01/2011 14:42 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NORTHAMPTON HAMPSHIRE CO. MA 06/01/2011 14:45 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAY STATE HAMPSHIRE CO. MA 06/01/2011 14:58 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
BELCHERTOWN HAMPSHIRE CO. MA 06/01/2011 15:10 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HADLEY HAMPSHIRE CO. MA 06/01/2011 15:15 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
WESTFIELD HAMPDEN CO. MA 06/01/2011 15:17 EST-5 Tornado EF3 3 200 227.600M 0.00K
ALDENVILLE HAMPDEN CO. MA 06/01/2011 15:27 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EAST SPRINGFIELD HAMPDEN CO. MA 06/01/2011 15:28 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MONSON HAMPDEN CO. MA 06/01/2011 15:46 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILBRAHAM HAMPDEN CO. MA 06/01/2011 16:00 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FISKDALE WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 16:09 EST-5 Tornado EF3 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOLLAND HAMPDEN CO. MA 06/01/2011 16:17 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
STURBRIDGE WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 16:29 EST-5 Hail 2.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SUTTON WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 16:33 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SPENCER WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 16:57 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
SPENCER WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 16:57 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MILLBURY WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 16:58 EST-5 Hail 2.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WORCESTER WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 17:02 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
MEDWAY NORFOLK CO. MA 06/01/2011 17:09 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ALDENVILLE HAMPDEN CO. MA 06/01/2011 17:15 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BELCHERTOWN HAMPSHIRE CO. MA 06/01/2011 17:30 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
ALDENVILLE HAMPDEN CO. MA 06/01/2011 17:30 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
INDIAN ORCHARD HAMPDEN CO. MA 06/01/2011 17:32 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRIMFIELD HAMPDEN CO. MA 06/01/2011 17:54 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FISKDALE WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 18:10 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BROCKTON PLYMOUTH CO. MA 06/01/2011 18:21 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WINCHENDON WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 18:28 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARDNER WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 18:40 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WINCHENDON WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 18:57 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WHALOM WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 19:01 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
WHALOM WORCESTER CO. MA 06/01/2011 19:01 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EAST ACTON MIDDLESEX CO. MA 06/01/2011 19:45 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ACTON MIDDLESEX CO. MA 06/01/2011 19:45 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
CONCORD MIDDLESEX CO. MA 06/01/2011 19:54 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
BOSTON SUFFOLK CO. MA 06/01/2011 20:26 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
STOUGHTON NORFOLK CO. MA 06/01/2011 20:50 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 3 200 227.783M 0.00K