Tornado Week- Three new Webinars on the Worcester Tornado

Monday June 8 100 PM EDT  The Worcester Tornado by Bill Chittick

June 9, 1953 is so memorable and monumental in Massachusetts history that we have three presentations on it. We start with author Bill Chittick doing a presentation he has done for groups all over New England including people who lived through the Tornado.  This focuses mostly on the experience and damage of the tornado to give a very human perspective.

To get a copy of Bill’s book go to: or you can pick it up at -the Observatory by calling ahead 617-696-0562 or walk in starting Saturday, June 13th

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 – 100 PM EDT

(Please note- This is a change from our regular schedule because June 9th is the anniversary of the tornado)

A meteorological and damage review of the Worcester Tornado

This presentation will be a combination of meteorology and social impact in Massachusetts presented by Dr. William Minsinger President of BHOSC and Robert Thompson NWS (retired)

On the 67th anniversary of the most deadly tornado in Massachusetts history this presentation is a compilation of meteorological data, subsequent damage and information on how this tornado that started in Petersham, MA relates to other tornadoes and destructive weather events in MA.

Friday, June 12, 2020 – 100 PM EDT The Worcester Tornado of June 9, 1953

June 9, 1953 will remain in the minds of those that lived through the strongest and deadliest tornado to affect central Massachusetts in recent times.  However, the storm system that spawned the Worcester Tornado had a history of devastation before heading toward southern New England. 

This presentation will show the storm system that developed as it pushed out of the eastern slopes of the Rockies early on June 7, with several strong tornadoes that touched down across portions of the central Plains states during that afternoon.  The system then brought catastrophic damage across eastern Michigan and northern Ohio, including an F5 tornado that moved across Flint and Beecher, Michigan during the night of June 8, before the storm set its sights on central Massachusetts.

Because of the extensive damage and huge death toll that occurred across eastern Michigan and central Massachusetts, several changes were undertaken by the U.S. Weather Bureau and its Weather Bureau Severe Weather Unit in Washington, DC, as well as the development of better communications systems to send vital severe weather information to the areas where it was needed.  Other changes to the warning systems, as well as the development and installation of weather radars across the country, will also be discussed.

Presented by: Eleanor Vallier-Talbot – Meteorologist (Retired), National Weather Service, Boston/Norton, MA

Please send an email to to receive a link and password to and of these programs.