.Rare Tornado Spotted in Sonoma County

For the first time in nearly 13 years, someone spotted a tornado last week in Sonoma County, according to the Press Democrat — out near the coastal Valley Ford area, west of Petaluma. From the PD: “Matthew Beat thought he had seen his last tornado after he moved to the North Bay from Texas eight years ago. He was in for a surprise Thursday. ‘I was thinking about closing the overhead doors because the rain was starting,’ said Beat who was working at a power plant on Mecham Road in Petaluma. ‘I looked out and I was like wow, that is not normal.’ He watched at about 11:10 a.m. as what he believed was a funnel cloud started forming across the horizon, seemingly hovering over the unincorporated Sonoma County community of Two Rock, northwest of Petaluma. The Santa Rosa resident pulled out his phone and started recording video. He sent the video to The Press Democrat, which then confirmed with the National Weather Service that it in fact was a tornado.” You can watch the video here — pretty wild. Local weather officials tell the PD that “Thursday’s twister was the first spotted in Sonoma County since March 28, 2011, when an EF1 tornado destroyed a metal building and severely bent a metal gate in Santa Rosa.” (Source: Press Democrat; paywall)

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