funnel cloud


: a funnel-shaped cloud that projects from the base of a thundercloud and that often precedes the formation of a tornado

Examples of funnel cloud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The station reports that multiple people submitted photos and videos of what appears to be a funnel cloud. Chad Murphy, The Enquirer, 8 May 2024 There are currently no tornado watches in the forecast, however, NWS is monitoring conditions because there is potential that funnel clouds could pop up in southwestern and south-central Wisconsin during the thunderstorms. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2024 Special weather statement: This statement is issued for hazards that have not yet reached warning or advisory status or don't have a specific code of their own, such as widespread funnel clouds. Eshaan Sarup, The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 In a Monday weather update posted to X, formerly known as Twitter, the agency added the potential for a brief funnel cloud or weak tornado to the list. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 With any thunderstorms that develop, brief heavy rain, small accumulating hail, lightning, gusty winds and funnel clouds will be possible. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 20 Feb. 2024 The tornado comes less than a day after a funnel cloud briefly touched down in the county of Madera, about 30 minutes north of Fresno. Rebecca Ellis, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2024 Forrest said a funnel cloud is not destructive the way a tornado can be. Is a weak tornado possible near my Sacramento home? Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 The storm, which once was a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall along the southern Baja California peninsula and brought flooding rain, mudslides and the occasional funnel clouds to Southern California and the Desert Southwest. Greg Norman, Fox News, 21 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of funnel cloud was circa 1909

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“Funnel cloud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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