GLADSTONE, Ore. – A weak funnel cloud formed in the Gladstone area on Tuesday afternoon as a thunderstorm rolled through part of the metro area.
KATU’s VIPIR radar showed a strong thunderstorm over I-205 in the Gladstone area around 2:10 p.m. Members of the public told the National Weather Service they spotted a funnel cloud in the storm.
NWS meteorologists confirmed the “weak rotation” of a funnel cloud, although said it did not pose any immediate risk.
“Funnel clouds are rotating columns of air that do not reach the ground,” NWS forecasters said in a statement. “They do not pose a threat to life or property unless they do reach the ground and become a tornado.”
Salesky said the funnel was a “cold core” funnel cloud, which is not necessarily uncommon in the metro area. Similar funnel clouds were spotted around the Willamette Valley and metro area last month.
He said they can show up on days like Tuesday where we have unsettled air and some afternoon heating.
This type of weather system can also bring heavy showers and thunderstorms.