Central Middlesex County, Southeast Middlesex, Northwest Middlesex County (Massachusetts)TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 263 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 145 PM EDT SAT JUN 5 2010 TORNADO WATCH 263 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM EDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS MAC005-009-011-013-015-017-021-023-025-027-060200- /O.NEW.KWNS.TO.A.0263.100605T1745Z-100606T0200Z/ MA . MASSACHUSETTS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE BRISTOL ESSEX FRANKLIN HAMPDEN HAMPSHIRE MIDDLESEX NORFOLK PLYMOUTH SUFFOLK WORCESTER
Click here or on the screenshot above and you’ll get to Intellicast.com, which has excellent moving visualizations of storms in progress, among much else. What you’ll see above is rain (and worse, perhaps) advancing on the Boston area, where I happen to be right now.
We tend to associate tornadoes with flat midwestern and prairie states, but they happen often enough elsewhere. The difference in eastern and southern states is that they funnel clouds are often hard to see, thanks to the prevalence of trees. I recall one that rolled through Durham, North Carolina when I lived there in the late ’70s. The wind and the rain were so strong that I didn’t realize how close one tornado came to the spot where I was at the time (a little store off the main boulevard to Chapel Hill on Hope Valley Road). After it cleared we saw ripped up trees and an overturned Cadillac just down the road.
It always bothered me that there were no storm cellars in North Carolina. A few old fallout shelters here and there, but nothing like the space where Dorothy’s family dove into the ground in the Wizard of Oz. But here in Massachusetts they believe in basements. We have one here, in fact, three floors down. But the view is better here in the attic, so I think I’ll stay for a bit.