Advertisement

National Weather Service: Tucson twister more than likely a tornado

A possible landspout was spotted in the Tucson area Friday, July 2.
A possible landspout was spotted in the Tucson area Friday, July 2.(Kelly Gallagher Julien, | Kelly Gallagher Julien)
Published: Jul. 2, 2021 at 4:49 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 2, 2021 at 4:55 PM MST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The National Weather Service says a possible tornado known as a land spout was spotted near Speedway and Kolb in Tucson Friday, July 2.

KOLD viewer Kelly Gallagher Julien said she was on Speedway heading towards Mount Lemmon when she spotted the spout.

Meteorologists at the local National Weather Service office are studying this picture right now.

Emily Carpenter, a Weather Service meteorologist, says they’re going to get more opinions in the coming hours, but by the looks of this, it’s more than likely a land spout, which is a type of tornado.

A land spout’s rotation starts on the ground and reaches towards a down draft coming from the clouds.

Carpenter says a land spout’s rotation starts on the ground and reaches towards a down draft coming from the clouds, and they’re relatively weak compared to the “traditional” tornadoes, that we see a lot in the Midwest. Those go from cloud to ground; that’s the difference between the two.

Carpenter, and Rob Howlett, another NWS meteorologist, say their preliminary indication says it’s tornado. More specifically, a land spout.

If you spotted this today, the NWS Service Tucson office would like to hear from you. They can be reached at (520) 670-6526.

Copyright 2021 KOLD News 13. All rights reserved.