LOS ANGELES, California — A rare tornado formed above the city of Montebello, in east Los Angeles County, during a storm on Wednesday, and appeared to tear the roof off a nearby building.
The tornado was identified as a landspout. Landspouts form differently from tornadoes, in that they arise from winds near the ground.
We've received lots of questions regarding what is a landspout vs. a tornado. A landspout IS a tornado. It usually causes less damage than a “typical” tornado. Check out this Weather-Ready Nation graphic explaining the differences of a couple different tornado types. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/d235TUXXlM
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) March 22, 2023
Funnel clouds are not unknown in L.A. (this reporter witnessed one in in 2014), and one seemed to form above the landspout.
WILD WEATHER! An apparent landspout formed Wednesday morning over Montebello,…