funnel cloud


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

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Here's a look at the funnel cloud over Multnomah Co. from the @HillsboroHops game. oregonlive, "Tornado briefly hit Portland-area farm, authorities confirm," 9 Sep. 2019 Wayne White captured video of the funnel cloud there. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Hurricane Dorian lashes North Carolina with strong winds, rain and storm surges," 6 Sep. 2019 Water droplets from the mesocyclone's moist air form a funnel cloud. Ron Johnson, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 28 Aug. 2019 The weather service said a spotter in the town of Newbury had seen a funnel cloud. Martin Finucane,, "Severe thunderstorms bring rain, wind; possible funnel cloud spotted," 21 Aug. 2019 The National Weather Service was investigating reports of a funnel cloud or tornado in Northeast Portland Monday night., "Blazers make trades, city questioned over brawls, cows serenaded by sax: Morning Briefing for Tuesday, July 2," 2 July 2019 Three funnel clouds spotted Sunday in Weld County have been reported to meteorologists at the National Weather Service though experts said the clouds are unlikely to create tornadoes. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Three funnel clouds reported in Weld County though meteorologists say there’s little potential for tornadoes," 23 June 2019 The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Denver and the Eastern Plains until 9 p.m. Monday, indicating that funnel clouds, landspout tornadoes and dime-sized hail are possible. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Landspout tornadoes, hail, 70 mph winds and frequent lightning strikes possible," 3 June 2019 Hazardous mountain travel is still likely! #CAwx — NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 4, 2018 3:15 p.m.: Reader Rich Gilbert captured this photo of a funnel cloud Saturday afternoon. Dale Kasler And Anthony Sorci, sacbee, "Rain, hail return to Sacramento Valley; avalanche reported at Mammoth Mountain," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of funnel cloud

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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