This spring, tornadoes have touched down in Washington, Oregon and California, but not in Michigan. Two tornadoes were reported near Spokane, Washington Friday evening (5/6/22). The tornadoes hit near the towns of Airway Heights (west of Spokane) and Dishman (east of Spokane). The second tornado hit a mobile home park and overturned a couple of trailers. The tornado was close to I-90. The tornadoes have been rated EF0. The NWS said:
"A NATIONAL WEATHER STORM SURVEY COMBINED WITH EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT AND VIDEO FOOTAGE HAS CONFIRMED TWO TORNADOES ON MAY 6TH, 2022 BETWEEN 700 AND 725 PM PDT IN THE SPOKANE AREA. THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN THREE MILES NORTHEAST OF AIRWAY HEIGHTS AT APPROXIMATELY 703 PM PDT LEADING TO TREE AND POWER LINE DAMAGE IN THE AREA. THE SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN SPOKANE VALLEY BETWEEN FREYA AND DISHMAN HILLS RECREATIONAL AREA AT APPROXIMATELY 720 PM PDT IMPACTING A MOBILE HOME PARK. SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED OR DOWNED, WITH A COUPLE TRAILERS OVERTURNED."
Washington state usually gets 1 or 2 small tornadoes per year. The last tornado to hit the Spokane area was in August 2016.
Here’s storm reports from Friday 5/6. Most of the severe weather was in the Southeast. You can see the red dots (tornadoes) near Spokane. You can also see a dot in Oregon, where one tornado touched down on Friday. The NWS said:
TORNADO WITNESSED WITH FURTHER REPORTS FROM EAST UMATILLA FIRE OF WIND DAMAGE. THE SPOTTER AND EUF REPORTED DAMAGE STARTING AT MILE POST 8.5 EXTENDS TO BASKET MOUNTAIN ROAD. THIS DAMAGE INCLUDED TREES DOWNED, A HOUSE WITH ITS ROOF BLOWN OFF, A SHOP BLOWN DOWN, ANOTHER HOUSE WITH A TREE BLOWN INTO IT AND A GROUP OF OUT BUILDINGS MOVED OFF THEIR FOUNDATIONS. A SEPARATE WITNESS INFORMED EAST UMATILLA FIRE THAT THEY WITNESSED A FUNNEL CLOUD TOUCH DOWN AND STIR UP DEBRIS."
Also, hail 1 1/4″ hail fell just south of Pendleton, Oregon and nickel-sized hail pelted Spray OR.
On April 21, a tornado touched down in Central California. The NWS reported: “A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN A FIELD WITH NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE OR INJURY. VIDEO EVIDENCE RECEIVED FROM TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTER. PEAK WIND UNKNOWN.”
On the other hand, we have not had any tornadoes in Michigan. We’ve had very little strong thunderstorm activity due to the persistent cold weather pattern through the first week of May.