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Tornado or “Gustnado”?

Residents in the southwest part of Bakersifeld, CA received quite the scare on Monday evening. A local resident caught what the National Weather Service in Hanford has confirmed on Tuesday. That the video in fact showed a tornado near the intersection of Old River Road and Stockdale Highway and the Kern River.

The tornado lasted a few minutes and although it wasn’t a massive tornado like we see in the mid-west. It was still enough to be classified as a Tornado.

For those who are wondering, what is a “Gustnado”?
According to the National Service website, A “Gustnado” is described as “a term for a short-lived, ground-based, shallow, vortex that develops on a gust front associated with either thunderstorms or showers.”

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