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Videos: Small Tornado Touches Down In Southern California
Inland Empire residents witnessed a small tornado touch down in Menifee on Saturday afternoon, around 2:45 p.m. Although it looked enormous, it was simply a landspout, which is a tornado that forms when winds converge and the air starts to rise. Their more famous and destructive cousins form from powerful storms. Landspouts tend to be much weaker and the one from yesterday afternoon caused no reported injuries or damage, according to KTLA. However, as The Press Enterprise points out, there was a landspout in 2012 that created a small mess in Nuevo.
As the National Weather Service explains, breezes coming from opposite directions in the Elsinore Convergence Zone were what led to the landspout.