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TORNADO IN CRAFTSBURY June 5, 2010

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The National Weather Service has concluded that a giant thunderstorm that crossed upstate New York and northern New England spawned tornadoes that touched down in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. The Weather Service’s South Burlington office said that an EF1 tornado touched down in Craftsbury late Saturday afternoon June 5, 2010.  Winds reached an estimated 80 to 90 mph. It snapped trees and damaged roofs. The tornado was about 250-feet wide and was on the ground for about 2-and-a-half miles. (AP, 6/8/10)

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HISTORIC WINDS August 27, 2007

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Hurricanes in 1938 and 1954 spread winds of up to 70 mph across Vermont, damaging homes statewide. A storm raced up the East Coast in November 1950, ripping apart some Vermont buildings, battering many homes, and tearing steeples off churches. Winds in much of the state exceeded 70 mph. In August 1983, a severe storm outbreak spawned a tornado in Colchester and spread destructive winds elsewhere, especially on Appletree Point in Burlington. On average, Vermont experiences a tornado every three years. National Weather Service meteorologists determined that winds gusted as high as 90 mph as the August 16, 2007 storms ripped through Grand Isle and Franklin counties.

WILLIAMS WOODS WINDSTORM June 27, 2007

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An intense windstorm that blew through the Nature Conservancy’s Williams Woods Natural Area in Charlotte on June 27, 2007 decapitated 300-year-old swamp white oaks and uprooted 100-year-old white pines. In swaths of the 63-acre woods, pines and red maples were snapped like matchsticks, their tops in green heaps on the ground while the shattered trunks still stood. The Nature Conservancy intends to let regeneration follow its natural course. (Candace Page, Burlington Free Press, 7/8/07)