StormTRACK Weather: Gustnado?
Possible gustnado in El Paso
EL PASO, Texas - The ABC-7 Newsroom and Weather Lab received several calls and emails from viewers in El Paso's Lower Valley about a tornado on Friday afternoon.
Our ABC-7 StormTRACK Weather team and chief meteorologist "Doppler" Dave Speelman investigated and contacted the National Weather Service about it.
The NWS for El Paso is calling it a "gustnado."
This type of storm is very similar looking to a tornado but is not associated with a supercell thunderstorm and lacks rotation along with other tornado signatures that would normally identify it on Doppler radar.
"Doppler" Dave confirms the wind gusts with this storm approached 60 mph with blowing debris.
"This is not a common feature to see in El Paso but to the untrained eye, a gustnado can fool at lot of people thinking it was indeed a tornado." says "Doppler" Dave.
The NWS says they will continue to look at all the video and pictures they have been receiving and will consult with their other meteorologist the next couple of days.