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What’s Going On? Extremely Rare Tornado Hits California Desert

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As strange weather continues to plague the world in recent years, a relatively unnoticed yet rare event occurred in California on April 22nd, yet was barely reported on outside of local news channels.

A small but powerful tornado touched down in the California Desert – in Riverside County, Southern California.

NBC News reports:

The twister hit north of the small town of Desert Center in Riverside County sometime between 3:45 and 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix, which overlooks that portion of the California county.

“From what we can figure out, it was a pretty good, strong thunderstorm that was able to produce this tornado,” said Valerie Meyers, a forecaster-meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The tornado remained within the open desert about 70 miles east of Palm Springs, Meyers said.tornado

The NWS examined photos taken by onlookers and assessed radar images, but was still looking into the intensity of the tornado.
The amount of damage, if any, had yet to be determined.

(For a video of the tornado, click HERE)

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