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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.

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