Not In Kansas Anymore: Tornado Sweeps Through Northern California

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — As thousands of residents across a handful of Midwest states struggle to recover from a series of devastating tornadoes, authorities said on Thursday at least three tornadoes have been reported in Northern California.

After the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning Wednesday evening for the area, a California Highway Patrol spokesman says three twisters hit a sparsely populated area of dairy land south of Chico.

The CHP says no significant damage has been reported, though there were four minor accidents in the area.

The National Weather Service says around 6:41 p.m. Wednesday radar showed the a storm associated with at least one tornado about 13 miles south of Chico, or about 90 miles north of Sacramento. The storm system is expected to move east through Glenn and Butte counties.

Video shot from KCRA-TV’s helicopter showed a twister forming and touching down near Durham, a tiny community about five miles south of Chico.

The reports come nearly a month after tornadoes bulldozed seven southern states, killing more than 300 people.

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  • Den

    These were only small tornadoes but extremely rare for northern California and nothing like the severe tornadoes in the midWest.


    Yeehaw!! Call it Global Warming or Climate Change, tornadoes is a sign the Earth’s Atmosphere is heating up..

    • Marissa

      That explains the weird weather that’s going on out in N California. Thank’s Mr Science

  • Ozzie

    Actually, there is no established relationship between increased tornadic activity and “global warming” or “climate change.” NASA’s 2007 CLimate Change model predicted fewer, but stronger storms. We are now having more stronger storms. So much for their ballyhooed model…

  • James Y

    And this is not the first report of a tornado in California. There have already been over 11 reports of tornadoes thus far this year…all of which have been in Northern California. And while these tornadoes aren’t as severe as some in the midwest, there is no special “tornado shield” hovering over California. Under the right atmospheric conditions we can have just as power tornadoes here as they can in the midwest.

  • Randy Floyd

    This weather man is a giant idiot, claiming that thee above video features not a tornado, but a funnel cloud. That is clearly a tornado. Go back to college and learn how to do your job.

  • LuJohnson

    Unbelievable! Kaj Goldberg is the ‘weather anchor’ in the segment. I guess that this title means that he, um, reports the weather. How he could get this SO wrong is beyond me. Any 2nd grader worth their snuff can tell you what constitutes a funnel cloud, tornado, waterspout or landspout.

    For a guy who ‘does the weather’ for a major market affiliate, this guffaw is pretty dang serious.

    Next time Kaj, to avoid looking and sounding like a b**b, take 20 seconds to Wikipedia the ‘hard’ words like tornado and funnel cloud and read the definitions and get it right for your viewers. Jeesh!

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