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Was it or was it not a tornado in Baker?

Staff Writer
Northwest Florida Daily News
Northwest Florida Daily News

A tornado-like weather feature appeared in Baker Friday afternoon during a passing thunderstorm, and folks on twitter spread the news with photos and video.

What was it?

According to the National Weather Service Mobile, Alabama office, it was a “landspout,” i.e., a waterspout over land.

The National Weather Service makes a distinction between tornadoes that form in thunderstorm supercells versus those that don’t.

READ MORE about landspouts.