A tornado struck Jackson in July, NWS says


JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ – A tornado touched down in Jackson Township on July 29th, the National Weather Service has confirmed. A passing storm brought high winds and moderate damage throughout the region, but at around 8 pm, the NWS confirmed that a tornado did touch down.

“The tornado touched down east of Hawkin Road near the intersection of Bordens Mill Branch and Success Branch in Jackson Township,” the National Weather Service said.

The entire life cycle of this tornado was within a large wooded area Between Success Lake and the Lakehurst Naval Air Station.

“Based on Aerial images, the damage was limited to some snapped and uprooted trees,” the NWS said. “The tornado occurred about 7 miles north of the Fort Dix Doppler radar (KDIX), which showed a well-defined velocity couplet along with a tornado debris signature in the correlation Coefficient data.”

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The radar data showed the circulation was short-lived as it moved eastward across the extensive wooded area Southwest of Success Lake. Based on the aerial images, this tornado was rated an ef-0 with estimated peak winds up to 80 mph given the damage to numerous softwood trees.