Public Information Statement
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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.

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GAF/JWD


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