EF0 tornado near Huron confirmed by National Weather Service


The National Weather Service storm survey team confirmed an EF0 tornado was on the ground near Huron for about a minute Sunday May 19th.

The very weak tornado caused minimal damage.  Winds reached 70 miles per hour.

The survey team examined the damage and coordinated radar data along with video from people in the area.

The tornado was on the ground for a minute or less with a path length of 100 yards. 

National Weather Service Science and Operations Officer Kris Mattarochia says determining whether this funnel cloud actually turned into a tornado helps meteorologists get better at predicting weather. “I would say roughly only ten percent of funnel clouds actually become tornadoes and that number may even be less here in the Central Valley. “

The storm survey team confirmed what doppler radar, storm spotters and videos of funnel clouds from the public did not at the time, that a weak EF0 tornado was on the ground for about a minute traveling 100 yards.  It had winds of 70 miles per hour.

Mattarochia says in the case of tornadoes, “instead of trees falling in a straight direction they sort of fall in a circular pattern or semi-circular pattern… Tornadoes and strong thunderstorms are rare in this area so that’s why we have to study them so rigorously.”

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