The National Weather Service in Caribou Maine has confirmed a tornado
near Shin Pond in Penobscot County Maine on June 2nd, 2010.
A National Weather Service storm survey team traveled into northern
Penobscot County to investigate an area of tree damage created by a strong
rotating thunderstorm that occurred during the afternoon of Wednesday
June 2nd 2010. During the event a severe thunderstorm that exhibited strong
rotation near the surface crossed northern Penobscot county from Hay
Lake to just north and east of Shin Pond. Members of the general public
reported numerous downed trees following the event along with a funnel cloud
east of Shin Pond.
The team discovered numerous downed and snapped trees along and just
north of Grand Lake Road and between Scraggly Lake Road and Flemming
Brook. Several trees were over 20 inches in diameter and 100 feet tall.
A few trees were snapped near their base while the majority were
broken 10 or more feet up the trunk. The damage was thrown in a circular
pattern indicative of a tornado with the most intense damage occurring
near where Grand Lake Road crosses Flemming Brook. After viewing the
damage, damage orientation, and further examining Doppler Radar data
during the event, the team concluded that the damage was caused by an
EF0 (zero) tornado.
Due to the fact that the majority of damage occurred above the ground surface
the survey team also concluded that the tornado circulation likely remained just off the ground and impacted the taller trees found throughout the area.
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