The National Weather Service in Seattle has determined that what appeared to some to be a tornado near Eatonville Sunday was likely “low-lying ragged clouds” that produced hail, lightning and brief heavy rain.
Multiple residents around the small Pierce County community took to Facebook Sunday afternoon sharing photos of a large, dark, funnel-shaped cloud looming over the area.
Samantha Borth, meteorologist with NWS, said her agency has not received any reports of damage or injuries related to the incident.
After examining video and photos, Borth said the weather service was able to label the phenomena as ragged clouds as there were no indications of rotation in the column.
“This scud (cloud) would have moved around differently had it been a tornado/funnel cloud,” she wrote in an email. “This coincided well with radar, which also didn’t show any indication of rotation with any of the cells that moved through the area last night.”