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Tuesday, May 07 2013 08:49 AM

'First Look': Ever heard of a gustnado?

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    Elaina Rusk with KERO 23 talks about the weather, the forecast and gustnados on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Call the recent weather what you want, but if you want to be right, we experienced what's called a gustnado.

Here's how the National Weather Service defines it on its website: "A slang term for a short-lived, ground-based, shallow, vortex that develops on a gust front associated with either thunderstorms or showers."

Morning weather forecaster Elaina Rusk from KERO 23 talked about the phenomenon Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Rusk also talked about the "bone dry" weather conditions Kern County is experiencing. Even the recent rain only brought five-hundredths of an inch of precipitation. And the snowpack is only 17 percent of normal, Rusk said.

She forecasted possible scattered showers and thunderstorms for later Tuesday.

But after that, we're probably done with rain for the summer.

Host Scott Cox asked if April showers really bring May flowers.

"In our case April showers brought tumbleweeds," Rusk quipped.




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