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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
304 PM EDT TUE JUL 8 2014

...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR
BEDFORD IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY MA...

LOCATION...BEDFORD IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY MA
DATE...JULY 7 2014
ESTIMATED TIME...540 PM EDT
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...0.50 MILE
PATH LENGTH...2.5 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...42.50N / 71.28W
ENDING LAT/LON...42.51N / 71.24W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
  CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
  STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MA HAS CONFIRMED A
MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ NEAR BEDFORD IN MIDDLESEX
COUNTY MA ON JULY 7 2014.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 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. 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. 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.

MANY OTHER TOWNS IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SUFFERED WIND DAMAGE ON
JULY 7TH AND...WHILE WE WERE NOT ABLE TO SURVEY EVERY TOWN...IT
IS LIKELY THAT ALL OF THE DAMAGE WAS FROM STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.
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.

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.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/BOX.

FOR REFERENCE...
A MICROBURST IS A SUDDEN DOWNRUSH OF AIR FROM A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAUSING A CONCENTRATED DAMAGE SWATH THAT IS UP TO 2.5 MILES LONG.
STRAIGHT LINE WINDS ARE GENERALLY ANY WIND THAT IS NOT ASSOCIATED
WITH ROTATION...USED MAINLY TO DIFFERENTIATE THEM FROM TORNADIC
WINDS.

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JWD/SR

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