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funnel cloud

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A funnel-shaped cloud descending from a larger cloud, especially from a wall cloud, caused by the sudden condensation of water in the extreme low pressure of rapidly rotating air, as typically occurs in a tornado.

funnel cloud

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(Physical Geography) a whirling column of cloud extending downwards from the base of a cumulonimbus cloud: part of a waterspout or tornado

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a rapidly rotating funnel-shaped cloud extending downward from the base of a cumulonimbus cloud, which, if it touches the surface of the earth, is a tornado or waterspout.
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As they develop, we often see funnel-shaped clouds extending from the base of the cloud and it is only when these funnel clouds touch the ground that we get a tornado.
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He added: "We do get funnel clouds at times in the UK, but they are normally small and relatively weak compared to the giant destructive forces we see in areas of America.
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