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NWS Determines WesternCentral Massachusetts Damage From Downburst Wind

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    The National Weather Service storm survey of wind damage from Tuesday's severe thunderstorms in Western and Central Massachusetts has determined no tornado formed.  Rather, it was straight-line, downburst wind:

    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
    705 PM EDT WED JUL 27 2011

    ...NWS METEOROLOGISTS CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF STORM DAMAGE FROM
    HOLYOKE TO WILBRAHAM IN HAMPDEN COUNTY MASSACHUSETTS...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN TAUNTON MA CONDUCTED A STORM
    SURVEY FOR THE WILBRAHAM AND SPRINGFIELD AREAS IN HAMPDEN COUNTY
    MASSACHUSETTS. THIS SURVEY WAS IN RELATION TO THE SEVERE
    THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVED THROUGH WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS DURING THE
    AFTERNOON OF JULY 26 2011.

    THE GREATEST CONCENTRATION OF WIND DAMAGE WAS FOUND IN THE TOWN OF
    WILBRAHAM. THE GREATEST DAMAGE WAS ALONG AN APPROXIMATELY 2 MILE
    LONG PATH WHICH EXTENDED FROM JUST NORTH OF SPRINGFIELD
    STREET...ACROSS THE COUNTRY CLUB OF WILBRAHAM...ACROSS FEDERAL LANE
    TO JUST BEYOND TINKHAM ROAD. BASED ON TREE DAMAGE...THE STRONGEST
    WINDS WERE ESTIMATED TO BE BETWEEN 90 AND 100 MPH. THE WIDTH OF THE
    STRONGEST WINDS AVERAGED APPROXIMATELY 250 YARDS...UP TO A MAXIMUM
    WIDTH OF
    600 YARDS ALONG SPRINGFIELD ROAD. BEYOND THIS CORE OF STRONGEST
    WINDS...MODERATE TREE DAMAGE EXTENDED OUT TO AN AVERAGE WIDTH OF
    JUST OVER A HALF A MILE.

    OUTSIDE OF THIS AREA OF EXTENSIVE DAMAGE IN WILBRAHAM THE TREE
    DAMAGE WAS ISOLATED IN NATURE AND ONLY INVOLVED A FEW TREES AT ANY 
    ONE LOCATION. THIS INCLUDES AREAS OF SPRINGFIELD...CHICOPEE AND
    HOLYOKE AS WELL AS WILBRAHAM OUTSIDE OF THE MAIN DAMAGE PATH. TREE
    DAMAGE IN THESE ISOLATED LOCATIONS INDICATED WIND SPEEDS OF 55 TO 65
    MPH.

    THIS STATEMENT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE...WHICH CAN BE
    FOUND AT WEATHER.GOV/BOX.  IT WILL BE LINKED AS THE LATEST PUBLIC
    INFORMATION STATEMENT NEAR THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

    AED