By Chris Spears

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

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

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

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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.

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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.