, Salem, MA

Local News

July 2, 2013

Storm pulls its punches

Heavy rains cause little damage on North Shore


For Salem State University meteorologist Arthur Francis, the impending storm looked like a unique opportunity to observe a weather event that “was going to knock us for a loop.” He was even prepared to take time-lapse videos, given the grim warnings coming from news outlets.

“The way they were talking about tornadoes ... But I didn’t see the tornado signatures,” he said.

Even so, Francis said he was amazed at the patterns that showed up on the radar.

“I’ve never seen conditions sway so fast,” he said.

Finally, what storm there was seemed to avoid the Witch City.

“Nothing but a couple of drops here,” Francis said. “It looks like we just got out of it. It passed north of us and dropped off in intensity.”

Salem police Sgt. Frederick Ryan said that the storm had virtually “no impact” in Salem, with no calls for assistance.

Still, at various times, the sky offered quite a show.

“A nice way to start the month of July,” Francis said.

Staff writer Alan Burke can be reached at

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways
Comments Tracker