Thunderstorms popped up in the Bakersfield area, and produced hail, lightning, gusty winds, and even this gustnado/tornado.
A video surfaced on YouTube of the event and then was handed down on Tuesday morning to the Southern California Weather Authority. Senior Meteorologist Kevin Martin analyzed the video and noted characteristics of a gustnado, rather than tornado, but does have doubts.
“These happen quite often with strong thunderstorm downdraft winds,” said Martin. “Although they don’t happen much in Southern California, when people see them they automatically think tornado. But one thing I see in this is no wind with the surrounding trees. This might actually be a small EF0 tornado, rather than a gustnado. The proper term for this is a landspout tornado.”
This thunderstorm event was predicted with this article on Monday morning at SCWXA, stating that thunderstorm dynamics will be across the Northern half of Kern County that afternoon and evening.
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