Sunday 26 October 2014

Funnel cloud spotted in Longford

Published 19/05/2014 | 11:50

One reader was lucky enough to spot a very rare weather phenomenon yesterday.

A large funnel cloud formed over Longford, and Louise Duggan captured the magical moment.

Louise shot these images from her back garden in Ballinamuck at around 8pm.

A funnel cloud is generally the cause of a twister or tornado. It consists of condensed water droplets, associated with a rotating column of wind and extending from the base of a cloud but not reaching the ground or a water surface.

If a funnel cloud touches the ground it becomes a tornado.

Most tornadoes begin as funnel clouds, but many funnel clouds do not make ground contact and so do not become tornadoes.

Thankfully, Ireland wasn't hit by any tornado yesterday -- the cloud was merely a sight to behold.

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