Path of Massachusetts Tornado Seen from Space
CREDIT: NASA/Landsat Project Science Office.
On June 1, 2011, a supercell thunderstorm developed over western Massachusetts. The storm produced an EF3 tornado that cut a 39-mile (63-kilometer) track of destruction across southwest and south-central Massachusetts.
Not only did the long-lived tornado remain on the ground for many miles, but it also widened to 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers).
The Thematic Mapper on the Landsat 5 satellite captured this natural-color image of the tornado's path of destruction on June 5, 2011.
According to the Boston Globe, Massachusetts state police reported a tornado on the ground in the town of Sturbridge at 5:22 p.m. The tornado was spotted on the Interstate 84 exit, and cars were overturned.
Tornadoes on June 1 killed at least four residents of the state, as well as reducing homes, schools, and churches to rubble. The twister was the deadliest to hit the state in 16 years; the last deadly tornado to hit Massachusetts was an EF-4 that struck on May 29, 1995 and killed three people in the town of North Egremont.
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