By Chris Spears

STERLING, Colo. (CBS4) – One of the first tornadoes in Colorado this year touched down on Thursday afternoon on the Eastern Plains.

The small tornado touched down just after 1 p.m. Thursday in a field not far from Sterling.

tornado WATCH: Small Tornado Touches Down On Eastern Plains

(credit: CBS)

Short-lived tornadoes like this are common in northeast Colorado during severe weather season.

This video was shot by Ryan Riesenberg, a researcher at CSU with the C^3LOUD-EX team. His team is researching storm behavior in Colorado this severe weather season.

Riesenberg said the tornado didn’t last long and didn’t cause any damage.

Visit cbsdenver.com/severe-weather-safety/ for tips on how to stay safe.

Meteorologist Chris Spears writes about stories related to weather and climate in Colorado. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.

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