Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Boston, MA

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000 NOUS41 KBOX 081600 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-090200- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 1200 PM EDT TUE JUL 08 2014 ...CONFIRMED 90 TO 100 MPH MICROBURST IN BEDFORD MASSACHUSETTS ON JULY 7 2014... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN BEDFORD MASSACHUSETTS AT APPROXIMATELY 540 TO 545 PM ON MONDAY JULY 7. WE HAVE CONCLUDED THAT A VERY POWERFUL MICROBURST...STRAIGHT LINE WINDS...CARVED A PATH ACROSS THE CENTER OF THE TOWN...WITH THE TREES BLOWN DOWN IN A NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST DIRECTION. THE WINDS ARE ESTIMATED TO HAVE REACHED 90 TO 100 MPH. APPROXIMATELY 50 TO 70 TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN IN THE TOWN OF BEDFORD. MOST OF THEM WERE HEALTHY PINE TREES THAT WERE 100 FEET TALL. THE TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN...SNAPPED AT LEAST HALF WAY UP...OR UPROOTED AND APPROXIMATELY 8 TREES FELL ONTO HOUSES CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. ON HILLTOP DRIVE AND HEMLOCK LANE ALONE...MORE THAN TWO DOZEN PINE TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN. A MICROBURST IS A SUDDEN DOWNRUSH OF AIR FROM A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAUSING A CONCENTRATED DAMAGE SWATH THAT IS LESS THAN 2.5 MILES WIDE. MANY OTHER TOWNS IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SUFFERED WIND DAMAGE ON JULY 7TH AND...WHILE WE CANNOT SURVEY EVERY TOWN...IT IS LIKELY THAT ALL OF THE DAMAGE WAS FROM STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE. THERE WERE NO EYEWITNESS REPORTS OF ANY TORNADOES. HOWEVER THERE WERE MANY IMAGES OF WHAT APPEARED TO BE A FUNNEL CLOUD IN THE MEDFORD AND MALDEN AREAS AROUND 6 PM. MORE DETAILED INFORMATION...SUCH AS PATH LENGTH...WILL BE ISSUED LATER TODAY. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE BEDFORD PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR...FIRE CHIEF...AND TOWN MANAGER FOR ASSISTING WITH THE DAMAGE SURVEY. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR SKYWARN AMATEUR RADIO COORDINATORS AND SPOTTERS FOR ALL OF YOUR TIMELY REPORTS AND PHOTOS. $$ GAF/JWD

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