Tornado warning only lasted 32 minutes
WOODLAND, CA – A trained weather spotter was the first to report: Funnel cloud spotted 6 miles east of Woodland.
The spotter said the funnel was about half way to the ground from the base of the cloud, near Interstate 5 and about 9 miles south of Karnak.
The report came in at 6:24 p.m., triggering a tornado warning from the National Weather Service by 6:28 p.m.
News10 meteorologists tracking the storm saw a signature tornado formation on the Doppler radar, but by the time the warning expired at 7 p.m., there were no reports of the funnel reaching the ground.
However, Woodland resident Dillon Davis, who captured the funnel cloud on video, he said the tornado touched down twice.
Davis was in Conaway Ranch, south of Interstate 5 before 6:30 p.m. Friday when he said the clouds started to get dark and he saw a funnel cloud form. He immediately reached for his cell phone and recorded the entire incident, which lasted about 5-and-a-half minutes.
Davis said it touched down in the middle of rice fields that were about 500 yards away the first time. He estimated it moved at speeds about 60-65 miles per hour.
At one point, he thought the possible tornado was heading toward him, but he said he soon realized it was staying in the distance, away from people or property.
"I was pumped. I couldn't believe I was standing in California seeing a tornado come across the property. I was ecstatic," Davis said. "It touched down once and probably went about a 100 yards, lifted and went probably about another 400-500 yards, set back down another 100 yards. As soon as it hit the levee, it set back out towards the north."
Davis said it was like a scene out of a movie. He's also glad it didn't appear to cause any damage.
The NWS will likely head out Saturday to assess the damage in the area. The meteorologists will then determine if it was a funnel cloud or if it touched down and became a tornado.
As of this post, no damage linked to the funnel cloud had been reported.