Blizzards Aren't the Northeast's Only Violent Weather

As we approach tornado season, this makes an excellent reminder (h/t Basehunters) that violent tornadoes can occur in any state. You can see in last weekend's snow the scar left by a long-track tornado.
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The June 1, 2011, tornado started just west of Springfield, MA, crossed the Connecticut River (see below) and then plowed a path east through the southern part of the state.

In 1953, a single tornado killed 94 in Worcester.

Tornadoes have occurred in all 50 states. Violent tornadoes have occurred everywhere east of the Rockies. I cannot emphasize enough that knowing the tornado safety rules is important everywhere east of the Continental Divide.

If you would like to learn more about tornadoes and have copies (they are on heavy paper in the back of the book and designed for removal) of the latest version of the tornado safety rules for home, school, and office, all of that is in my book When the Sirens Were Silent--the storm of the Joplin tornado.


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