Yesterday afternoon the Springfield area was pummeled by a tornado. Four people were killed and more than 200 buildings were destroyed or seriously damaged. MassLive.com, the website of the Springfield Republican newspaper has extensive coverage.
The weather here in Greater Lowell turned ominous but dangerous conditions never materialized. It all began for us at 8:30 in the morning when an otherwise pleasant morning saw a 15-minute cloudburst with much lightning. The rest of the day was partly cloudy but a persistent wind strongly suggested the coming storm. By 4:30 pm, the sky was dark and threatening. Once I got home fifteen minutes later, I remained glued to the television for the next few hours, following the storms as they sped from west to east across the state. Fortunately, we dodged the worst of it.