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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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HARRISBURG - A funnel cloud was seen by multiple residents in the Harrisburg area just before 5 p.
Funnel clouds are formed when powerful storms and thunderstorms meet, causing wind to blow in different directions.
I was wet and muddy, shivering with cold, bruised by hailstones, mesmerized by a threatening funnel cloud.
Least gripping is the tornado chapter, which proves that gray funnel clouds don't make terribly dynamic Imax subjects, especially when lensed from a (clearly necessary) distance.
Several funnel clouds were also sited in Missouri as the storm moved into the state from Nebraska, reported The Associated Press.
Cameras on several spacecraft that have landed on Mars have spotted such whirlwinds, and some images of the Red Planet from orbit show shadows cast by dust-filled funnel clouds, says Angelo Pio Rossi of the International Research School of Planetary Sciences in Pescara, Italy.
There is the possibility we will see thunderstorms, gusty winds, small hail and funnel clouds,'' Seto said.
The average for a tornado is about one every year in Scotland - but funnel clouds are about three times as frequent.
These fearsome funnel clouds, usually spawned along a squall line, can wreak widespread destruction with little, if any, warning.
It also gave us the funnel clouds, which are associated with very moist air.
Arkadelphia, Sardis and College Station, towns all in the way of the funnel clouds, received helping hands throughout the state for weeks afterward as the rebuilding picked up.
The affected area was served by two emergency warning sirens; however, because official tornado spotters had not observed funnel clouds, the sirens were sounded only after the tornado began its destructive course through the town of Plainfield.