Pics Show Stunning Tornado

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    Merced Sun-Star
    The Merced Sun-Star released this photo of the funnel cloud.

    A tornado was reported Monday in the Northern California town of Merced, according to the National Weather Service.

    A funnel cloud was reported around 11:25 a.m. and was gone 20 minutes later, the Merced Sun-Star reported.

    "We have a very cold unstable air mass over the valley, so there's a potential for scattered showers, thunderstorms and more funnel clouds into the evening hours," NWS meteorologist Gary Sanger told the Merced Sun-Star.

    Sanger told the newspaper that this was the first Central Valley tornado in the last 13 months.

    mercedsunstar.com: Tornado touches down in rural south Merced