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funnel cloud

[′fən·əl ‚klau̇d]
(meteorology)
The popular term for the tornado cloud, often shaped like a funnel with the small end nearest the ground.

funnel cloud

A tornado, or vortex cloud, extending downward from the parent cloud but not reaching the ground.
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Billowy cumulus clouds form, giving rise to thunderstorms and, occasionally, funnel clouds.
Because Doppler radar can't discriminate between a funnel cloud and a tornado, meteorologists must issue tornado warnings for both.
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He added: "We do get funnel clouds at times in the UK, but they are normally small and relatively weak compared to the giant destructive forces we see in areas of America.
Paul said dust devils and even mini tornadoes - funnel clouds that "touch down" on the ground - might be a more common sight in and around Huddersfield given the heatwave forecast for the next few days.
Additional tornadoes or funnel clouds were detected in central Nebraska, behind the first wave of storms that appeared to dissipate as it moved eastward, weather officials said.
The storms are capable of producing funnel clouds and possible waterspouts.
th], with numerous funnel clouds touching down across Illinois and leaving in their wake, a path of destruction.
Funnel clouds - tornadoes that do not touch the ground - had already swept across Scotland's Isle of Lewis and Co Londonderry in Northern Ireland.
If funnel clouds packing winds upward of 100 mph and carrying the occasional flying cow don't scare Reed Timmer, why would the prospect of striking out on his own in the spirit of entrepreneurship?