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.