ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A tornado touched down in Roswell Tuesday afternoon, destroying a shed.
The National Weather Service has now determined that it did in fact touch down off Highway 285 in Chaves County between Hobson and Brasher. Chaves County officials say it destroyed a shed and ripped apart a garage door, wrapping it around a light pole.
The funnel cloud started forming at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and could be seen all over the city. Funnel clouds look nearly as threatening as a tornado, cold air funnels are typically much weaker than a tornado and rarely reach the surface of the earth.
Cold air funnels are produced in cooler surface air masses when the air above is warmer. The mixing in the atmosphere allows for some rotation, resulting in a cold air funnel with weak circulation.
This was the case in Roswell this afternoon as a cooler northwesterly flow setup on the back end of our exiting storm system. Roswell cooled by as much as 10° – 15° Tuesday afternoon when compared to Monday afternoon.