Two tornadoes touched down in New Hampshire during Monday’s thunderstorm, barreling over several trees but causing no injuries, weather officials said.
The first tornado was recorded southeast of Bath at 3:03 p.m. and lasted about 12 minutes on the ground, sweeping across 9.45 miles of rural land, said John Jensenius, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Gray, Maine. Its maximum wind speed was 75 miles per hour, and its maximum width was about 75 feet, he said.
“The first one knocked down trees, and the trees didn’t damage anything, so I think that would be considered insignificant compared to one that could cause damage, death, or injury,” Jensenius said.
The initial downed trees were seen along the Ammonoosuc River, and a path of “snapped” and “uprooted” trees were noted crossing Goose Lane Road and paralleling Route 112, weather officials said in a statement Tuesday.
The second twister touched down 3 miles northwest of Lincoln and occurred at 3:32 p.m. as the storm moved southeast across the state, Jensenius said.
“It was just on the ground briefly, for about a minute or two,” he said. “It was in a remote, wooded area, so we don’t know if there were trees down or any damage.”
The Lincoln tornado, which was confirmed based on a video from a hiker on Mount Pemigewasset, was on the ground for 2/10 of a mile, with a width of about 60 feet and a maximum wind speed of 65 miles per hour.
“It was not really visible because it didn’t have any condensation in it,” he said. “When you think of a tornado, you usually see the actual cloud inside it, but this one didn’t have that. It wasn’t that strong. We could just see it on the ground because it was swirling and had some moisture.”
Both tornadoes were rated at EF-0, Jensenius said, which marks tornadoes with wind speeds between 65 and 85 miles per hour.
The rest of the state received “much-needed” rain during Monday’s storm and saw “scattered damage” from downed trees because of strong winds, Jensenius said.
These mark New Hampshire’s second and third tornadoes of the year, he said. The first touched down in the southern part of the state May 4, causing intermittent damage for about 36 miles, he said.
While Massachusetts didn’t see any twisters, weather officials confirmed a funnel cloud blew over Granby, a town in Hampshire County, at 5:52 p.m. Monday, said Joe Dellicarpini, a meteorologist at NWS Boston.
“Funnel clouds are usually developing stages of a tornado, with the lowering of a cloud in a thunderstorm,” Dellicarpini said. “It stayed aloft and didn’t extend to the ground, so it wasn’t a tornado, but it certainly could’ve turned into one.”