…FUNNEL CLOUDS POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON…
Emergency Management has reported sightings of a funnel cloud
just northwest of Nokomis. This funnel cloud is in association
with small thunderstorms near that location.
Atmospheric conditions exist that favor the possible formation of
weak circulations on a pre-existing boundary. Some of these
circulations are occurring underneath developing showers and
thunderstorms, where a funnel cloud may develop. Once the rain
begins, the funnel cloud usually dissipates.
Low hanging clouds can also appear to dip up and down at times,
but they will not show signs of any rapid rotation. An actual
funnel cloud will exhibit spinning in a counter-clockwise direction.
In rare instances these funnels may briefly touch down. Stay alert
and be prepared to move to a safe shelter if a funnel cloud
approaches the ground.