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.
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funnel cloud

A tornado, or vortex cloud, extending downward from the parent cloud but not reaching the ground.
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"I saw the clouds going in opposite directions before I got to the garden centre then the funnel cloud started forming just as I was in the car park."
"They are sometimes seen as threatening funnel clouds descending from stormy skies.
Tennessee's definition was closest in comparison to the NWS definition, stating, "A tornado is a violently rotating column of air, pendant from a cumuliform cloud or underneath a cumuliform cloud and often (but not always) visible as a funnel cloud." While this definition is almost an exact one, it leaves out a crucial concept that the circulation must reach the ground to be classified as a tornado.
Residents took these photos of a funnel cloud in the skies above Rugby at about 1.15pm on Tuesday.
We also hiked out of town to come within about a mile of a (weak, not-very-threatening) funnel cloud.
Eric Atcheson said he saw the funnel cloud form and touch down near his church.
FUNNEL CLOUD: When the mesocyclone strengthens, a rotating cloud in the shape of a cone forms near the bottom of the thunderstorm.
Alone in the depths of my fears and self-reproach, an unexpected calm washed over me--a preternatural stillness in the path of the ominous funnel cloud.
Witnesses even spotted funnel cloud in McHenry County, about 50 miles (80 km) Northwest of Chicago.
DELUGE: Funnel cloud hits Isle of Lewis and crowds flee for cover in Bexhill yesterday
That massive funnel cloud left 24 dead in its wake and demolished large swathes of the town with winds above 200 miles (322 kilometres) per hour.
They made it home but not before spotting the funnel cloud.