funnel cloud


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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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A funnel cloud consists of condensed water droplets and extends from the base of a cloud.
Seismic readings could provide meteorologists with a ready means for distinguishing between funnel clouds and tornadoes, says study leader Frank B.
It might be a bit of an eddie but it's certainly not a funnel cloud and it's definitely not a tornado.
Then, a funnel cloud appeared and debris ripped from the roofs of houses began to fly toward downtown.
There also were funnel cloud sightings in the towns of Vaughan and Newmarket, both north of Toronto, where roofs were torn off homes and there was a power outage.
The funnel cloud - too small to be strictly known as a tornado - did not cause any damage.
The area is not particularly warm so it would probably have been what we call a funnel cloud.
The power blackout had occurred when a short-lived funnel cloud snapped off or otherwise damaged 18 utility poles along Avenue I.
Mr Kings said there had been a number of tornadoes in recent weeks across the city, but none with funnel cloud formations, so-called twisters.
The closer we can pinpoint where a funnel cloud will form, the greater chance we will have in reporting a tornado before it causes damage.
As the funnel cloud closed in, staff members herded people into a hall.
They should watch for tornado danger signs such as dark, often greenish clouds, a wall cloud or cloud of debris, large hail, funnel cloud or a loud, roaring noise.