Funnel cloud spotted over DC

Readers have reported seeing a funnel cloud attempt to touch down in Dawson Creek this afternoon.

Comprised of condensed water droplets and associated with a twisting column of wind, and extending from the base of a cloud, funnel clouds do not reach the ground or a water surface.

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"At first I didn’t believe it was a funnel cloud, but as I watched it, I could see the core pulling up water vapour," said Jaron Willems this afternoon after capturing a photo of the cloud from LP.

"You can almost make out the inner and outer sheath (half way up in the zoomed in photo). It only lasted for a few more minutes before dissipating but I was able to catch a couple photos before it was gone. With all the humidity in the air, I’m guessing it was just the right conditions to see a short little vortex like this."

Environment Canada meteorologist Carmen Hartt called it a classic funnel cloud caused by instability in the atmosphere. 

Though funnel clouds are related to severe weather, the weather wasn't severe enough today in the region to cause concern, Hartt said.

Hartt encourages residents to use the #bcstorm hashtag on Twitter to help meteorologists track storms in the region.

“We’re seeing more and more evidence of severe weather, and it’s helping us learn and helping us verify storms,” Hartt said.


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