VIDEO: Recent Fire Hotspot and Loose Ash Produces Landspout ‘Tornado’ Over Lake Elsinore On March 7, 2020; Official Flood Watch Issuance Scheduled Sunday Ahead Of Gavin

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A landspout ‘tornado’ was filmed in Lake Elsinore on top of a mountain top.  This wasn’t an actual tornado, it was more of a tall ash vortex caught in a rising bubble of warm air from a recent fire and remaining hotspot.  Learn what happened and why it formed by reading on.

In a video by Chris B from Lake Elsinore, one can see that it does look like a weak tornado.  Landspouts are not actual tornadoes in that they do not come from a parent mesocyclone under a thunderstorm.  Landspouts are very common on convergence zones as dust devils.  Any convergence zones have these if one looks carefully.  During warm days in the Inland Empire, the largest convergence zone to spot them goes from Lake Elsinore, centers on Perris/March Base, and ends in Beaumont.  This is the Elsinore Convergence Zone.  If you have driven down I-215 through March Air Reserve Base then you have seen large dust devils crossing the freeway.

This event was no different.  You had the onshore flow from around Temecula and the wind from Corona meeting in Lake Elsinore.  This created your ‘shear’ need for the spin to start at the surface.  The warm air rising from recent fire hotspot made the spinning column rise up, producing a funnel.  Given the color had a brown tint to it, it was a picking up the loose dirt and ash above the mountain, thus it is officially called a landspout.

Had the fire not have started there recently, the event would never have happened.  All in the day’s work for the ‘Butterfly Effect’ in nature …

Conditions were not ripe for tornadoes today.  However, the system coming for Southern California this next week may just be.  Click here to view the video of that storm.   Click here to also read the article for it.

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