The National Weather Service confirms it was an EF-O (zero) with wind speeds somewhere between 65-85mph. This is the weakest type of tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale and it’s the most common type of tornado we see in Oregon and Washington — the states rank 48th and 49th out of 50 states when it comes to the number of tornadoes each year.
Now, here are some pictures of the damage from Thursday March 21, 2013–the first full day of spring!
Here is the National Weather Service report–it discusses the evidence that lead them to call this a tornado.
ROOF PARTIALLY TORN OFF A BARN
CONFIRMED. DEBRIS SPREAD OUT IN A 120 DEGREE CONE FROM
THE BUILDING WITH THE LARGEST OBJECTS THROWN TO THE NNE
OF THE STRUCTURE. LIGHTER OBJECTS WERE MOSTLY HUNG UP ON
A NEARBY FENCE TO THE E AND SE OF THE BARN. NO OTHER
DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO NEARBY TREES…STRUCTURES AND OTHER
VEGETATION AROUND THE BARN.
We have lots of spring days with showers, sun breaks and small hail. And on rare occasions, one of those showers intensifies and creates a funnel cloud or weak tornado. Today was one of those days!