No warning for Wednesday's tornado?

No warning for Wednesday's tornado? »Play Video
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- People are still shocked by the presence of a tornado in the Tri-Cities.

The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado happened and while it caused no damage and hurt no one, many wondered why all the advanced technology offered no warning.

From a Haboob just outside of town, to marble sized hail stones and now a tornado; caught on video, nearly reaching the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain.

It's safe to say this has been a wild summer for weather.

"July was just crazy and August and with all the heat and what not it just exploded finally!" says Travis Larson.

Travis Larson sent video of the tornado to KEPR.

He's lived in the Tri-Cities his whole life, and never seen anything like it. Travis snagged the images near Hanford.

"I went back outside and looked up and there was a big funnel coming down and then you see all the dust and the dirt and everything on top of Rattlesnake," he says.

The tornado actually started near the top of Rattlesnake Mountain and then made its way down the South side of it. The reason it kicked up so much dust is because it was hitting a non-irrigated area. Which also means, no one was in any immediate danger.

Which is good, because the National Weather Service says their Doppler radar didn't spike, even with the 90 mile an hour winds.

"We usually issue a tornado warning when we're seeing tight circulation on the Doppler, with this situation, the tornado being small and weak and far from the radar, we just didn't see the the tight circulation that we'd like to see to issue a tornado warning," National Weather Service Meteorologist Michael Vescio over the phone.

The last time a tornado actually hit our area was five years ago near Pendleton.

"There might be one or two in the entire state of Washington and Oregon combined during the course of a year. It's not a common occurrence," Vescio said.

Reminding us all of just how rare the sight was.

The National Weather Service is still gathering info but for now are labeling this an EF-0 tornado, the lowest level.