September 1821 New England tornado outbreak

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1821 New England tornado outbreak
Type Tornado outbreak
Duration September 9, 1821
Tornadoes confirmed 5 known
Max rating1 F? tornado
Damage Unknown
Casualties 8 known fatalities
1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

The 1821 New England tornado outbreak was a tornado outbreak that affected the New England states during September 1821. Five destructive tornadoes can be verified from the event.

The first known storm of the outbreak touched down in Washington County, Vermont, and caused tree damage near the town of Berlin. Shortly thereafter, tornadoes touched down in Grafton County, New Hampshire, and a series of large tornadoes tracked through parts of Rutland County, Vermont, and Sullivan and Merrimack counties in New Hampshire. Other tornadoes struck in Windham County, Vermont, and Franklin County, Massachusetts.

Known tornadoes[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes — September 9, 1821
Time (UTC)
Path length
F? Warwick Franklin 2300 >10 miles (16 km) 2 deaths - Buildings were completely destroyed in the southern part of Warwick, with debris such as clothing, boards, shingles, and part of a barn roof reported up to 30 miles (48 km) away from the storm. 17 additional people were injured.
New Hampshire
F? Haverhill Grafton 0000 7 miles (11 km) This storm touched down just south of Haverhill, passed through part of East Haverhill, and destroyed more than 100 acres (40 ha) of forest. A path was said to have been visible for years after the event. A barn was destroyed as well.
F? Cornish/Croydon areas Sullivan, Merrimack 0045 >23 miles (37 km) 6 deaths - This tornado, with a path up to 0.5 miles (0.8 km) in width, may have begun in Vermont. There was damage early near Cornish and Croydon as several buildings were destroyed to the ground, and the funnel revealed a multiple-vortex structure as it crossed Lake Sunapee and Mt. Kearsarge. Furniture from a destroyed home was carried for two miles across the lake. Many homes and barns were destroyed in New London, and all 7 homes were completely destroyed in the small settlement of Kearsarge Grove near Warner.
F? Berlin Washington unknown unknown Tree damage near Berlin.
F? Pittsford Rutland unknown unknown Possibly related to the above New Hampshire tornado. Buildings in Pittsford and Hubbardton were destroyed. A book was carried for six miles.
Sources:,[1] Grazulis (1977)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ American Meteorological Society, Monthly Weather Review. Volume 64, Issue 5, May 1936

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