Tornado in Peoria County

By Chuck Collins

Tornado in Peoria County

July 15, 2010 Updated May 26, 2010 at 5:15 PM CDT

Tornado touchdown is confirmed in Peoria County.

The National Weather Service has confirmed a brief tornado touchdown 5.5 miles west-northwest of Princeville Tuesday about 2:10 pm.

The tornado stayed on the ground in a field for about 4 minutes.

According to National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chris Miller, the tornado was actually what’s known as a “ landspout “ which has different dynamics as opposed to tornadoes we’re accustomed to seeing. Doppler radar will not detect rotation from a landspout because they are too small, so visual observation is required.

Spotters reported the tornado to the NWS, but by that time it dissipated and the danger had passed. Miller says landspouts are rare in Illinois which may see a couple each year.

Thanks to Akron-Princeville Rescue Department member Brian Dallinger for the picture.

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