71° 07' 44" W
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The EarthView team is excited to be visiting Lt. Peter Hansen Elementary school in Canton for a second time this school year! We last visited the school in November and had a great time. The blog post for that visit can be found here.
|Tornado forming over the Connecticut River|
On our visit to Coburn Elementary School in West Springfield a couple of weeks ago, Dr. Domingo and wrangler Eva crossed over the bridge (seen in the picture above) on the Connecticut River where a video was taken on June 1st, 2011 showing the EF-3 tornado forming. Eva had never been anywhere near the Springfield area before so it was interesting to be in the very place where such a powerful tornado formed and struck.
EarthView was at Granite Middle School in Monson just a two weeks after that tragedy; the school was not struck by the tornado, but the town and many of the students were very much affected. The satellite image below shows the path of the tornado -- over 30 miles long -- and the location of that school.
When we think of tornadoes we tend to think of the mid-western United States, however they certainly can occur here in Massachusetts! So be prepared for severe storms this summer by visiting ready.gov and making a disaster supply kit and a family emergency plan! Kids can check out ready.gov/kids to get information and become prepared for a storm emergency!
We hope that the students of Hansen Elementary School enjoy their visit with Earthview today!