Scary tornado threat in Boston’s northern suburbs
It’s not too often that the Boston area has to deal with a tornado threat, making today’s wave of weather undoubtedly an ominous one just to the north and west of Beantown. A series of tornado warnings, along with reported sightings of funnel clouds, made it quite aninteresting and rare weather in Boston on Monday.
Tornado warnings in and around Boston are very rare, but the rotation was clear on radar, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a string of tornado warnings for a good chunk of Boston’s northern suburbs between 4 and 6:30 pm ET. From Leominster (well northwest of Boston) to Revere (along the coast just north of Boston), the tornado threat gripped the city’s northern suburbs during the heart of the evening commute.
Fortunately, no tornadoes were reported, although the National Weather Service may investigate if there was indeed tornado damage or a microburst (a strong, highly localized gust of wind caused by thunderstorms) in some of the areas reportedly hit by today’s wave of nasty weather. Numerous funnel clouds and wall clouds (often a precursor for a tornado) were reportedly sighted just north of Boston, however, creating a rare wave of Boston tornado speculation all over social media this afternoon – but fortunately, the damage appears to be relatively minor, and certainly nothing on the scale of a significant tornado.
Boston and its immediate suburbs are likely ok for Tuesday (although you may see some storms, just less of a risk for severe), but areas well west of Boston (Springfield on west) could see those big storms again. By the end of the week, things will clear out behind a cold front and temperatures will return to more comfortable levels after a few days potentially in the 90s along with the northeast’s world-famous oppressive summertime humidity. And hopefully, we won’t be talking about more severe weather anywhere near Boston for the near future. But if it does (I guess when it does) stay tuned to WeatherNation for all the latest.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi