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Birkenfeld Tornado

Posted on 27th June 2013 at 16:58

The National Weather Service is now confirming that a small tornado touched down in the Birkenfeld area on Tuesday afternoon. This announcement comes after a resident of the area near the Oregon Coast Range between Columbia and Clatsop Counties sent in pictures of damage that was done; they also say that Doppler radar showed a weak rotational system at the time that the tornado was reported. The tornado was listed as an EF-0, the weakest rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale with winds of 65 to 85 miles an hour. The small twister took some flashing off of a house, and also snapped a tree with a trunk diameter of eight to 12 inches. This is Oregon’s second confirmed tornado of the year; on June 13th, an EF-1 tornado damaged several buildings in the McMinnville area. With the warmup that’s expected to start today, the conditions for additional tornado formation are expected to dwindle.