June 2013: Tale of 3 tornadoes
EUGENE, Ore. - The third confirmed tornado of 2013 touched down in Oregon this week, the National Weather Service said.
The weak funnel broke a tree and tore a strip of flashing off a home Tuesday, June 25, near Birkenfeld, Oregon, about 10 miles northwest of Vernonia.
"A very small tree with an estimated trunk diameter between 8 and 12 inches was snapped off approximately 3 to 4 feet from its base," the weather service reported. "This evidence was deemed sufficient to determine an intensity of EF-0 (wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph) on the Enhanced Fujita scale."
A week earlier on June 18, a tornado of similar strength hit 4 miles from Roseburg - the first ever recorded in that area. That twister damaged a fence and a boat - and tore Christmas lights off the roof of a house.
A more powerful EF1 storm June 13 carved a path across McMinnville on a tumultuous weather day. Three funnel clouds - twisters that don't touch the ground - were confirmed near Harrisburg, Corvallis and Hillsboro.
It was the most powerful tornado to hit Oregon since Decmeber 2010, when an EF2 tornado tore across Aumsville.
To date, no one has ever been killed by a tornado in Oregon.