The comment in the article, "and rarely, if ever, occur West of the Rocky Mountains," is incorrect. Well, specifically the, "if ever" part is incorrect. While they may be rare, tornados occur in California every year. I live in Northern California, and every year there are reports and videos of tornados in the counties just north of Sacramento. There have already been some this year. And I remember that when I lived in the Bay area in the late 80's, (Mountain View, Ca.) a guy I worked with watched a small tornado tear off part of the roof of his neighbor's house. I currently live in Redding, Ca., and in the early 90's I watched a funnel cloud drop down out of some very violent looking clouds during a storm that knocked down nearly a dozen oak trees in my neighborhood. That funnel cloud never touched the ground, but it definitely on it's way to becoming a full-on tornado. The trees were knocked down by high winds during the night, but it wasn't determinded that they were from tornados.
Thanks, I removed the "if ever" part of the post.
Hey all... First post on the new forum! I am a stormchaser with a bunch of experience.
Many years ago I heard that the UK has the most 'naders per "area", so I was surprised that it wasn't one of the options. Someone... if anybody even gives a crap... might want to double check the data.
I personally don't care. Just sharing what I heard long ago!
edit: Oh, and Snake, lots of tornadoes aren't visible as a condensation funnel all the way to the ground. So long as debris/damage is caused by an obviously violently rotating column of air it IS a tornado. I'm not saying that's for sure what happened there.
I've lived in The Netherlands for 29 years and in all that time I have heard of only ONE tiny little tornado which did exactly zero damage. On the contrary I've lived in Michigan where we had a tornado rip off our back porch and in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas where we had tornadoes every year! - I'd sure like to know the source that listed The Netherlands as number one!!!
Spending roughly equal amounts of time in the US and UK, when in the UK I live in East Anglia (Suffolk), which is both geographically close(ish) to and similar to NL; and in a hot summer in East Anglia , the combination of flat terrain and large areas of arable land lead to numerous -if trivial by US Mid West standards, and I mean really trivial - tornados. However trivial they may be, they are real enough, and I can imagine that the similar situations in NL give rise to similar situations. I can imagine that @BobinSECO's stat may relate just to East Anglia, which is to UK like Mid West is to USA, i.e. the hotspot beyond which tornados are relatively much less frequent