It’s been 14 months since our last tornado within the FOX12 viewing area…must be time for another right?
Sure enough, at 11:10am a tornado hit Battle Ground. Numerous videos make it pretty clear there was a defined circulation and I noticed from Air12 the trees were not all fallen in the same direction.
The NWS is out doing their storm survey and we’ll (hopefully) soon find out what the storm will be rated. My guess would be EF-1. But I’m no tornado damage expert by any means.
The last tornado was in Longview October 2014. Here are the previous 3 tornadoes in our area:
Radar didn’t show anything too far out of the ordinary. Some shear, some large hail, but nothing that screams TORNADO! Most of our tornadoes are not seen by radar…either too far away (and below radar beam), or circulation is too weak at the beam elevation.
Interesting to note that once again we’ve seen a tornado in the “preferred tornado alley” downstream of the West Hills in Clark County.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen