Goshen’s Rare Winter Tornado Reclassified by the NWS

Pine Road, Hammond Pond

GOSHEN, MA – The National Weather Service out of Norton MA has made significant changes to the February 25, 2017 tornado in Goshen, MA based on new evidence that was provided by the Goshen Fire Department, as well as that by the public.

Here is part of their updated report. Click on the link below for additional information.

Storm Data and Unusual Weather Phenomena – February 2017

Source: NWS Storm Survey

A tornado touched down in Goshen at Pine Road, just to the east of Hammond Pond. Several pine trees were snapped mid-way and two homes were damaged by trees falling onto them. A portion of Route 9 was closed between the Fire Station and the intersection with Route 112. There was significant tree damage on the southwest shore of Highland Lake, with numerous pine trees snapped half-way up from their bases and many uprooted.

The tornado crossed Highland Lake and imagery received after-the-fact from town officials also indicated significant tree damage on the northeast side of Highland Lake from Camp Howe southward along Headquarters Road into the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) State Forest. The damage was consistent with 90 mph wind gusts, with a rating of EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

The tornado was on the ground for 2.9 miles with a maximum width of 100 yards. It lasted from 718-721 PM before lifting up briefly and then touching down again in Conway, MA.

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