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 Simpson said a funnel cloud must touch the ground to be classified as a tornado, and there were no reports of the storm touching down as of about 6:15 p.m. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2021 The biggest threats are heavy rainfall and localized flooding, but there’s a possibility of a funnel cloud, gusty winds and lightning with the most intense storm cells. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Oct. 2021 Video taken from a highway toll booth showed a large funnel cloud roaring through Burlington on Wednesday. CBS News, 3 Sep. 2021 Most dramatic was the damage a tornado wrought on Annapolis — not a typical place for a funnel cloud to appear. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Not long into the flight, a funnel cloud blew out his canopy. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 Its centerpiece is a 40-foot mock tornado that swirls in a vapor imitation of a funnel cloud and towers over the museum’s main level. Doug George, chicagotribune.com, 21 June 2021 Winds in a microburst can reach 100 mph, equaling the force of an F-1 tornado, but without the formation of a funnel cloud. Maria Eberhart, baltimoresun.com, 8 July 2021 The spinning funnel cloud comes from air movement up and down. Doug George, chicagotribune.com, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use of funnel cloud

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of funnel cloud was circa 1909

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22 Nov 2021

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“Funnel cloud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/funnel%20cloud. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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