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By DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP, Reporter
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
It looks like an image taken from a scene in a film but this is the moment a funnel cloud was caught on camera in north Norfolk.
It was taken yesterday (Tuesday) evening around 6pm by witnesses in the Hindringham and Langham area, between Fakenham and Holt.
An iWitness reporter, Peter Harris, caught the cloud on camera and said: “[It was] seen almost touching the ground.
“The tornado seemed to remain in the same spot somewhere over the Langham airfield area and probably lasted for approximately five minutes.
“Apart from the tornado itself the weather was calm and mild, with drizzling rain.”
Funnel clouds are created when warm air rises quickly and hits colder air higher in the atmosphere . If there is then blustery wind blowing in different directions it can create a spinning funnel.
Chris Bell, a weather forecaster at Weatherquest, said the difference between a tornado and a funnel cloud is that the latter does not touch the ground.
He said: “Funnel clouds in Britain are quite common.
“When you get a mix of heavy showers, rising air and wind sheer - which means a changing wind direction through the atmosphere - that gets the cloud spinning and that helps to form the funnel cloud.
“Most funnel clouds do not touch the ground - it’s just a circulation that is in the air. When it touches the ground it becomes a tornado and 90pc of those in Britain are not going to do that much damage.”
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