Reader captures picture of funnel cloud swirling in Ipswich sky

Photo by Curtis Beadle Photography

Photo by Curtis Beadle Photography

A funnel cloud that can turn into a tornado if it touches the ground was spotted in Ipswich yesterday.

Photo by Curtis Beadle Photography

Photo by Curtis Beadle Photography

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.”

Picture of funnel cloud captured by Curtis Beadle.

Picture of funnel cloud captured by Curtis Beadle.

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.

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