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A National Weather Service survey team reports that a tornado occured near Shin Pond on June 2, 2010.

Results of this storm survey are presented below.

  • First is a map showing the approximate storm track.
  • Second is a report detailing the storm survey findings.
  • Third are pictures taken during the storm survey.
Our appreciation is extended to our SKYWARN spotters, the media and the Emergency Management Agency for preliminary reports.

A special thanks is extended to the the residents of Shin Pond for assistance with this storm survey.

Map of Storm Track

The map below shows the estimated tornado track centerline (yellow line) in addition to the areas where most of the damage was observed (light yellow area). Click on a number in the map to view pictures of damaged locations from the storm survey.

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Grand Lake Road Tornado KMZ File

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Storm Report

TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR SHIN POND IN PENOBSCOT COUNTY MAINE

Location:
  4-6 miles northwest of Shin Pond, Maine
Date:
  02 June 2010
Estimated Time:
  5:06pm to 5:14pm EDT
Maximum EF Scale:
  EF-0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed:
  70 mph
Maximum Path Width:
  500 yards
Path Length:
  2.6 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon:
  46.1465, -68.6613
Ending Lat/Lon:
  46.1474, -68.6059
Fatalities:
  None
Injuries:
  None

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.

For additional information on the Enhanced Fujita scale used to rank tornadoes please visit our website at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/efscale/

Survey Pictures (click to enlarge)
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