A reader stumbled on to a tidbit – Tomorrow, March 29, 2014 will mark 30 years since a microburst within a Noreaster ravaged a 5 acre area of Red Pines in town.
Digging around, I found a story (and above photo) shared 5 years ago on the event by Southborough News:
Microburst on the former MDC property on Middle Road currently the new part of the Rural Cemetery. A strong micro burst hit Southborough leaving several acres of a red pine stand at a total loss. The following information taken today from the Wilmington Weather Examinor – 1984 A strong nor’easter battered New England. The central pressure of the storm dropped to 963 millibars (equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane) over the Atlantic east of New Jersey. Winds gusted to 108 mph at Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, MA and to 97 mph at Martha’s Vineyard. 8 to 16 inches of heavy wet snow fell in interior southern New England. Numerous thunderstorms also accompanied this spring blizzard. One thunderstorm produced a microburst at Southborough, MA which flattened about five acres of red pines; a most unusual occurrence for a nor’easter.
I have no memory of this storm. (Probably because it didn’t have a name!)
If you have memories to share, let us know in the comments.
Updated (3/28/14 6:30): Yikes! I was just telling my parents about this and redid my math. I guess it was wishful thinking that ’84 was only 20 years ago.
Now I’m dreading checking the comments.