Lake Monona Tornado
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The National Weather Service is confirming that a weak tornado formed over Lake Monona near Madison on Monday evening, but it didn't cause any injuries.
Meteorologist Rusty Kapela tells the Wisconsin State Journal that even if the twister moved on to land, he doubts he had enough strength to snap even a 2-inch tree branch.
On the zero-to-five tornado severity scale, the weather service rated it a zero. Kapela says that means its estimated wind speeds were 65 mph to 85 mph. Nonetheless, it was a tornado, not just a
Technically, a funnel cloud doesn't touch the ground. A tornado does. Kapela says the Lake Monona tornado kicked up a faint water spray.