Post Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – EF1 Tornado in Goshen and Conway Massachusetts and Severe Weather Events of Saturday Evening 2/25/17

Hello to all…

..First tornado on historical record in the commonwealth of Massachusetts in the month of February. An EF1 Tornado touched down briefly in Goshen, Massachusetts and more significantly and violently in the town of Conway, Massachusetts between 720 and 730 PM Saturday Evening 2/25/17. Many trees and wires were downed, some into homes and buildings with roof and wall damage to several homes in the town of Conway Massachusetts. Additional straight-line wind damage was done in other parts of Franklin County Massachusetts from the severe thunderstorms as they moved through the area and prior to reaching the Goshen and Conway Massachusetts area in Berkshire County Massachusetts..
..Real-time damage reports from SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators helped discern initial damage assessment followed by additional reports and photos during the day with structural damage to homes and 2 barn collapses (one of which reported in near real-time the Saturday Evening the tornado went through Conway Massachusetts). The center of the town of Conway was inaccessible for a time last night from the damage. Coordination by volunteer SKYWARN Spotters/Amateur Radio Operators, local police and fire departments, state emergency management and NWS Taunton meteorologists led to superb situational awareness and disaster intelligence gathering with the volunteer-professional partnership between groups and agencies..
..Any additional damage photos or accounts of this severe weather event and first ever recorded tornado in the commonwealth of Massachusetts in the month of February can be sent as reply to this email, via the WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter feeds or via the pics@nsradio.org email address. Credit will be given to the SKYWARN Spotter or Amateur Radio Operator for their photo or information  unless otherwise noted. This will likely be the only post severe weather coordination message on this event, unless time allows and a significant change to the event’s historical record is noted. Below is the WX1BOX Facebook Album of photos from various contributors including the NWS Taunton Storm Survey team, the NWS Taunton Public Information Statement and Local Storm Report for this event as well as the raw Amateur Radio log of this severe weather event..

WX1BOX Facebook Album:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/wx1box/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1470398782994135

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement – EF1 Tornado in Goshen and Conway Massachusetts
http://www.wx1box.org/local/pns_2_25_17_Ef1_tornado_conway_ma.txt

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/lsr_2_25_17_Ef1_tornado_conway_ma.txt

Amateur Radio Raw Log of Reports:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/reports_raw_log_2_25_17.txt

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org
Like us on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/wx1box
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Hello to all…

..First tornado on historical record in the commonwealth of Massachusetts in the month of February. An EF1 Tornado touched down briefly in Goshen, Massachusetts and more significantly and violently in the town of Conway, Massachusetts between 720 and 730 PM Saturday Evening 2/25/17. Many trees and wires were downed, some into homes and buildings with roof and wall damage to several homes in the town of Conway Massachusetts. Additional straight-line wind damage was done in other parts of Franklin County Massachusetts from the severe thunderstorms as they moved through the area and prior to reaching the Goshen and Conway Massachusetts area in Berkshire County Massachusetts..
..Real-time damage reports from SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators helped discern initial damage assessment followed by additional reports and photos during the day with structural damage to homes and 2 barn collapses (one of which reported in near real-time the Saturday Evening the tornado went through Conway Massachusetts). The center of the town of Conway was inaccessible for a time last night from the damage. Coordination by volunteer SKYWARN Spotters/Amateur Radio Operators, local police and fire departments, state emergency management and NWS Taunton meteorologists led to superb situational awareness and disaster intelligence gathering with the volunteer-professional partnership between groups and agencies..
..Any additional damage photos or accounts of this severe weather event and first ever recorded tornado in the commonwealth of Massachusetts in the month of February can be sent as reply to this email, via the WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter feeds or via the pics@nsradio.org email address. Credit will be given to the SKYWARN Spotter or Amateur Radio Operator for their photo or information  unless otherwise noted. This will likely be the only post severe weather coordination message on this event, unless time allows and a significant change to the event’s historical record is noted. Below is the WX1BOX Facebook Album of photos from various contributors including the NWS Taunton Storm Survey team, the NWS Taunton Public Information Statement and Local Storm Report for this event as well as the raw Amateur Radio log of this severe weather event..

WX1BOX Facebook Album:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/wx1box/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1470398782994135

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement – EF1 Tornado in Goshen and Conway Massachusetts
http://www.wx1box.org/local/pns_2_25_17_Ef1_tornado_conway_ma.txt

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/lsr_2_25_17_Ef1_tornado_conway_ma.txt

Amateur Radio Raw Log of Reports:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/reports_raw_log_2_25_17.txt

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org
Like us on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/wx1box
Follow us on Twitter – http://twitter.com/wx1box

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