Landspout Tornado South of Pueblo Sunday

At least one landspout tornado touched down briefly south of Pueblo Sunday near exit 83 on I-25.  Below are pictures of damage that occurred in the area where the tornado touched down.

A Landspout tornado is a tornado that does not arise from organized storm-scale rotation and therefore is not associated with a wall cloud (visually) or a mesocyclone (on radar). Landspouts typically are observed beneath Cumulonimbus or Towering Cumulus clouds (often as no more than a dust whirl), and essentially are the land-based equivalents of waterspouts.  The tornado that occurred south of Pueblo Sunday fits this description.

Landspout tornadoes are usually rated EF0 on the tornado damage scale, indicative of winds reaching 65 to 85 MPH.  An official rating for this tornado has not yet been determined but reports received so far seem consistent with EF0 damage.  Check back Monday for updated information after a more thorough examination has been completed.




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