Reader captures picture of funnel cloud swirling in Ipswich sky
A funnel cloud that can turn into a tornado if it touches the ground was spotted in Ipswich yesterday.
Pictures of the “amazing” phenomenon were captured by reader Curtis Beadle at 2.36pm.
Mr Beadle said: “I was looking outside and saw this massive cloud forming and didn’t think anything of it until I got the camera out and zoomed in.
“While taking pictures I noticed it was getting bigger and there was a tornado shaped cloud coming down off the main anvil cloud. I then zoomed in on the cloud and it was 100% a tornado.
“An amazing sight to see although not big I definitely wouldn’t want to be underneath it.”
Weatherquest’s Adam Dury, operational forecaster, and Dan Holley, tornado expert, confirmed that the pictures depict a “weak funnel cloud”.
Mr Dury added: “With the photos showing it not reaching close to the ground I would say it was not a tornado however it is a funnel cloud with a weak circulation.
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“It is certainly plausible that a funnel cloud will have formed yesterday because the right conditions were there.”
He said the right conditions for a funnel cloud was an area of convergence.