While not nearly as powerful nor as deadly as the Joplin storm, the tornado that struck Springfield (MA) today is noteworthy because New England is well outside Tornado Alley.
This is the first tornado in Hampden County since 2008 and the most powerful in over 40 years.
The tornado crossed the Connecticut River and caused at least one death.
This has been a bad Spring for tornadoes in the United States. It seems that it will not be limited to the South and the Midwest.
Today also marks the first day of the 2011 hurricane season. It's going to be a busy year for insurance claims adjusters.