The National Weather Service will try to confirm today what's now being called a "land-spout" tornado that damaged trees in Rock County. A pilot landing in Janesville was the first to see the funnel cloud a little before eight Tuesday night.
The tornado warning adjourned the Janesville School Board, who went to seek shelter in the basement. School board president DuWayne Severson didn't call the meeting back to order in the basement although he did entertain the idea. After the warning expired the panel reconvened, unfazed in the regular board room.
Tree damage was later found near Clear Lake, about five miles southeast of Edgerton. Weather service meteorologist Chris Franks said the tornado apparently stemmed from a tiny cell of showers, and formed on the ground before pushing itself up to the base of a cloud.