funnel cloud


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funnel cloud

n.
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

n
(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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n.
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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The AMS defines a tornado as "a rotating column of air, in contact with the surface, pendant from a cumuliform cloud, and often visible as a funnel cloud and/or circulating debris/dust at the ground" (AMS 2015), and the NWS defines it as "a violently rotating column of air, usually pendant to a cumulonimbus, with circulation reaching the ground.
Miss Pulley, aged 37, said they were all enjoying a normal walk when darkness descended and a menacing funnel cloud appeared.
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