We are under a severe thunderstorm warning in this part of Oklahoma. The Northwestern part of Oklahoma right now is under a low tornado risk, with all kinds of circular motion, heavy rain, hail and winds. Right now, areas close to Carmen, Oklahoma are experiencing a gustnado.
Gustnado what is it??? The NOAA explains, a gustnado is a slang term for a short-lived, ground-based, shallow, vortex that develops on a gust front associated with either thunderstorms or showers. They may only extend to 30 to 300 feet above the ground with no apparent connection to the convective cloud above. They may be accompanied by rain, but usually are 'wispy', or only visible as a debris cloud or dust whirl at or near the ground. Wind speeds can reach 60 to 80 mph, resulting in significant damage, similar to that of a F0 or F1 tornado. However, gustnadoes are not considered to be a tornado, and some cases, it may be difficult to distinguish a gustnado from a tornado.