BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A rare tornado popped up in the Bakersfield, California area in the middle of a thunderstorm that produced hail, lightning and gusty winds.
Like many big events, a video of the tornado showed up on YouTube.
Senior Meteorologist Kevin Martin with the Southern California Weather Authority 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.”