From Missouri to Massachusetts, tornadoes have been an all-too-common occurrence this year. So far in 2011, the seventh deadliest year on record, 512 people have been killed. The season is far from over.
Most recently, a storm over western Massachusetts sprouted a tornado that stayed on the ground for 39 miles and reached a half mile wide at one point. The path of destruction was recently captured in this satelite image on June 5, thanks to NASA's Earth Observatory.
NASA Earth Observatory
On June 1, 2011, a supercell thunderstorm developed over western Massachusetts. The storm produced an EF3 tornado that cut a 39-mile track of destruction across southwest and south-central Massachusetts. Not only did the tornado remain on the ground for many miles, but it also widened to roughly 0.5 miles in Brimfield State Forest.
NASA says deadly tornadoes are unusual, but not unheard of, in Massachusetts. In 1953, one of the single deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history struck Worcester, killing 94 people.
A tornado touched down in West Springfield, Massachusetts and was caught on camera by WWLP 22 News' Skycam as it moved along the Connecticut River. Msnbc.com's Keva Andersen reports.