Since we’re having such weird weather lately, because of smoke from fires in British Columbia and Washington, here’s an odd weather rerun …
July 29, 2011: Linda LeBrun told the Ear there was a funnel cloud over Clatskanie recently. Huh? So the Ear called Rachel Krotzer, who was mentioned in a Clatskanie Chief article as having seen the phenomenon. She took photos (one is shown) and film of it from her house on the top of Steward Creek Road in Clatskanie.
At the time it happened, around 6 p.m. July 17, Rachel was sitting at the kitchen table facing a window and talking to her mother and sisters-in-law. Even without her glasses, she could tell something strange was happening in the sky.
Rachel saw the funnel for about three minutes, but she heard from others that it lasted about 10 minutes. While she was watching, it constantly changed shape, but never touched the ground.
“It’s kinda scary,” Rachel admitted. “What a fluke to see that.”
Her pictures of the funnel cloud were also on KATU news. “My son, Iolaus, and daughter, Lillian, thought it was really cool to hear my name on the news,” she added. “I’m now constantly looking at the view for more than sunsets or rain warnings.”