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Saturday, Apr 26 2014 09:33 PM

Was that a funnel cloud near Arvin?

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    This photo, submitted by John Kovacevich, shows a plume that some observers took to be a funnel cloud, Saturday east of Arvin.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Indeed, Toto was not in Kansas, anymore. Nor was he in Arvin. A menacing photo shot there Saturday morning that appeared to depict a tornado bearing down on the mountains could not have been a funnel cloud, according to the National Weather Service.

“In order to have a funnel cloud, you'd need thunderstorm activity, and I'm certain we didn't have any thunderstorm activity in Arvin today,” meteorologist William Peterson said Saturday. “Sometimes you get an appendage coming out of the base of a cloud that can look like a funnel cloud, though.”

The Bakersfield area was overcast all morning Saturday, having received 0.36 inches of rain between 7 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday.

Scattered showers are possible “up against the mountains” Sunday, Peterson said, but for the most part it should be “nice and sunny,” with an expected high of 69 degrees.

In other parts of the county ...

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory through 5 a.m. Monday for the Kern County mountains and desert.

Anticipate winds blowing west southwest at 25 to 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 55 miles per hour right below the mountain passes.

The strongest winds are expected during the afternoon and evening hours.

The advisory applies to Rosamond, California City, Edwards Air Force Base, Mojave, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi and Lake Isabella.

Gusty winds may hamper driving ability, especially for high-profile vehicles. Visibility may be reduced to one quarter mile or less in areas of blowing dust, with possible travel delays.
 

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