Tornadoes are not common in Northern California but on March 26, 2014 a tornado touched down in Roseville, California causing minor damage.
National Weather Service confirms tornado.
The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado did indeed touch down in Roseville and it was an EF-0, this means that it had wind speeds of 65-85 mph. Even though this was measured to be the weakest tornado on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale, a scale that rates the strength of tornadoes, this was significant news for the area since tornadoes are not commonly seen in Northern California. The tornado hit the ground around 6:15 pm.
The damage caused by the tornado was in a line about 300 yards long. Specifically 12 houses had roof damage while 6 houses had fence damage. The path of the debris was about 10 to 20 yards. Some of the residents that received the most damage included Roseville residents Keith Kun and Mark Thompson. Kun had debris break through a window and land on his couch while Thompson had his shed that was located in his backyard get picked up by the tornado and land closer to his house. Overall nothing too major happened and no injuries were reported.
A sight to remember.
Again Northern California does not have tornadoes usually so witnessing the sight of one is news in itself. Mark Thompson stated that 15 years prior he had left the town to move to the Midwest and now that he’s back he was very surprised to see something he commonly saw in the Midwest. Another resident who won’t forget the sight of seeing this tornado is Bianca Marteja. She witnessed seeing debris flying in the air then tiles from the roof of her house falling to the ground. She ran into her closet for safety as the tornado passed through her home.
So what does this mean for California?
It can mean a number of things. It can mean that the climate is changing, or it might just mean that this was just an extreme rare occurrence that will most likely not happen again. Even though it is a very small chance that this would happen again it is something local residents should think about. This is a great time to teach children what to do in case another tornado comes through. This time there were no reported injuries, but in case another tornado comes through it’s best to know what to do. This entire news report just shows that California isn’t a 100% tornado-free zone.