SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. — A tornado briefly made touchdown in rural Klamath County on Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed Wednesday.
Witnesses caught sight of a funnel cloud appearing to form over several minutes, reporting the sighting. After looking into the incident and analyzing public video, NWS said that a very weak tornado touched down briefly in the area around 4 p.m., 8 miles west-northwest of Sprague River, according to RADAR.
Tornadoes can occur when atmospheric conditions are favorable, usually at the base of a thunderstorm, resulting in a violently rotating column of air touching the ground.
Since there was no damage survey, NWS can't offically rate the tornado on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale. No damage or injuries were reported due to the tornado, however.
This is the first tornado to touch down in Southern Oregon since a tornado hit near Lakeview in Lake County on August 21, 2005.