Paul Yeager, author of Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities
Fortunately, tornadoes were few and far between on Friday, a slow finish to a very dramatic week. In the past seven days, the Storm Prediction Center has recorded 278 tornadoes, including the devasting Joplin tornado last weekend.
The three reported tornadoes were not exactly in the middle of tornado alley on Friday–two were reported in in North Dakota, with one in Washington state of all places.
It’s a weather myth that tornadoes do not occur along the West Coast. They’re not common, especially strong or long-tracking ones, but they do occur.
According to the Storm Prediction Center, the Washington tornado occurred near East Napavine, Washington, this afternoon. Only minor damage was reported, according to KATU.com.