No Burns Tornado

The NWS in Boise put out this statement about an hour ago…looks like it was just straight-line wind from a downburst over Harney County yesterday afternoon.  I saw some incorrect media reports saying it WAS a tornado.  Could have been something, but damage reports don’t indicate that’s the case.  I changed the important text to blue:

…THUNDERSTORM WINDS AND DAMAGE IN THE BURNS AREA…

ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON BETWEEN 330PM AND 4PM PDT A THUNDERSTORM MOVED
FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTH JUST EAST OF BURNS OREGON CAUSING
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE.

DAMAGE REPORTS FROM THE AREA INCLUDE…
52 POWER POLES BROKEN.
NUMEROUS HOUSES WITH SHINGLES BLOWN OFF THE ROOF.
A MOBILE HOME BLOWN 3 FEET OFF ITS FOUNDATION.
SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS PARTIALLY DESTROYED INCLUDING SEVERAL WITH
THEIR ROOFS PARTIALLY TAKEN OFF.

ALL THE DAMAGE REPORTS INDICATE THE WINDS WERE BLOWING FROM THE
SOUTH TO THE NORTH AS THE STORM MOVED THROUGH
. THE DAMAGE WAS
REPORTED FROM HIGHWAY 78 WEST OF CRANE NORTH TO HIGHWAY 20 EAST OF
BURNS. ALL THE DAMAGE REPORTS WERE EAST OF BURNS.

BASED ON DAMAGE REPORTS…WINDS FROM THIS STORM WERE IN THE 70 TO 75
MPH RANGE.

SEVERAL REPORTS WERE RECEIVED OF A FUNNEL CLOUD ASSOCIATED WITH THIS
STORM. WHILE A TORNADO OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM IS A POSSIBILITY,
ALL THE DAMAGE REPORTS ARE CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS
ASSOCIATED WITH A DOWNBURST FROM THE THUNDERSTORM.

20 Responses to No Burns Tornado

  1. Andrew Johnson says:

    Hey Rob! It looks like a good chance of some severe weather the next couple days on the southern plains!

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      Yep definitely. There were a few isolated multi-supercells earlier, but the CAP developed and strengthened quickly this evening. I assume the dry line tomorrow is much more active as more energy/upper level dynamics move closer. I’m sure I will be tracking things with tons of chaser cam links available.

  2. Mr Data says:

    (Takes a moment to process Rob’s message due to foot pain making it hard to think)………………………………………………………………………….Fifty TWO power poles broken and not just lines down?

    That’s going to be a bugger to replace since you can’t just strand new wires on and have to replace the actual poles.

    “They” are going to be without power for at least 24 hours wherever “they” are.

  3. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    52 POWER POLES BROKEN.

    That’s amazing for our region.

  4. W7ENK says:

    Yup…I din’t see no ‘nader in there! 😆

  5. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    I knew it wasn’t a tornado in the first place. None of the damage with the storm indicated any rotation. Just a straight line wind gust.

  6. Mr Data says:

    I don’t even see one post by mux that is “naughty”.

    I must’ve missed something or a post was deleted but Mark would’ve given a warning on here right?

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      Mux had his face injured and posted images of it, I guess Mark thought it was graphic for the general public.

  7. Here’s something you don’t see to often in an AFD:
    .SYNOPSIS…A STUBBORN UPPER LEVEL LOW OVER THE MOJAVE DESERT WILL
    SLOWLY MOVE EAST INTO THE ROCKIES BY FRIDAY. THIS WILL ALLOW AND
    UPPER LEVEL RIDGE TO BUILD INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST…

  8. muxpux says:

    thanx guys, i wasnt trying to break any rules.

    down to 59, those winds are really blowin. dang!

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      No harm no foul, I’ve endured quite a few injuries myself over the years, (the mental ones are the most difficult to recover from) rest and heal muxpux.

  9. Eternal Yamcha (SE Milwaukie) says:

    While that may be, I only have one question to pose about this:

    Who here REALLY trusts Boise, Idaho? ^_^

  10. Andrew Johnson says:

    A few months ago I worked on a house that had been damaged by a microburst. Judging by how bad that house looked those things can be intense!

  11. Mr Data says:

    Man that would be fun to be in straight line winds like that though it would probably be like a tornado.

    Especiall;y since that doesn’t happen very often there.

    59F after a 47F low.

    • …Now here i have to disagree about the frequency of these types of storms…I’ve spent many years in some of the remotest areas of SE and NE oregon, and have seen, outrun, hurry up and finished work before it hit, watched, been stuck in, seen the damage, and helped clean-up stuff from straight line winds like this…not always as strong as this particular incident was, but always interesting..
      …I think that due to the fact that in a good chunk of real estate there you cannot see from from one ranch to another, or one anything resembling any kind of ground reporting system to another, that these things go largely unnoticed as they happen, with just the resulting damage to be seen at some future point in time…

  12. Battle Ground Brian says:

    First!

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