funnel cloud

noun

Definition of funnel cloud

: a funnel-shaped cloud that projects from the base of a thundercloud and that often precedes the formation of a tornado also : tornado sense 1a

Examples of funnel cloud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The funnel cloud touched down in the Columbia County community, which is 30 miles northwest of Portland, about 12:20 p.m. oregonlive, "Tornado that touched down in St. Helens was EF-0, packed winds up to 65 mph," 11 Nov. 2020 One fiery funnel cloud on Aug. 15 was so powerful, the National Weather Service issued what’s believed to be its first fire tornado warning. Charles Jones, The Conversation, "Extreme wildfires can create their own dangerous weather, including fire tornadoes – here’s how," 25 Aug. 2020 The Rogers Park resident who shot one of the videos of the funnel cloud said that her video was taken near Birchwood Avenue. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Weather service: Preliminary storm report suggests tornado touched down in Rogers Park, became a waterspout over Lake Michigan," 11 Aug. 2020 Other bystanders saw the funnel cloud from Happy Valley. oregonlive, "Funnel cloud spotted over Damascus Saturday evening (Video)," 14 June 2020 The National Weather Service confirmed that a funnel cloud that swept through Clackamas County near Damascus on Saturday evening was a tornado. oregonlive, "Funnel cloud spotted near Damascus confirmed as weak tornado that swept 2-mile path," 14 June 2020 Video of the tornado shared on social media showed a funnel cloud leaving a path of destruction in its wake. CBS News, "Tornado touches down near Orlando," 7 June 2020 Video posted to Twitter showed a funnel cloud swirling over Orlando. Fox News, "Tropical Storm Cristobal spawns damaging tornado in Orlando; Louisiana brothers, 8 and 10, killed in rip current," 7 June 2020 Mike Grimes and Dave Brown, co-owners of The Basement East, said staff members were finishing their shifts early Tuesday morning after a Bernie Sanders fundraising concert when one person stepped outside and saw a funnel cloud approaching. Washington Post, "Nashville artists help out on stage and off after tornadoes," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of funnel cloud

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Funnel cloud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/funnel%20cloud. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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