Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday Night Funnel Clouds

While we continue to track the chance of showers and thunderstorms around the region, a light at the end of the tunnel is now within view. Showers beginning over 4 days ago have now begun to taper off and slow down, but isolated thunderstorms now being sparked are causing a bit of commotion in areas around Findlay tonight.

A really interesting Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service regarding local funnel clouds being spotted due to these storms.

It says: 

FUNNELS... ASSOCIATED WITH SHOWERS [are] OCCURRING ALONG A WEAK SURFACE TROUGH.
THIS TYPE OF FUNNEL CLOUD IS TYPICALLY SHORT-LIVED AND VERY RARELY
TOUCHES DOWN. THE ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS THESE FUNNELS ARE OCCURRING
IN IS NOT SUPPORTIVE OF STRONG...DAMAGING TORNADOES. ON THE RARE
OCCASIONS THAT THE FUNNELS DO TOUCH THE GROUND...LITTLE...IF ANY...
DAMAGE OCCURS.

If you remember, a little less than a month ago (Aug 14th) waterspouts formed under the same conditions and were spotted up in Port Clinton.


It's incidents like these that really make me marvel at mother nature :) Something so destructive in one sittuation can just be something fascinating in another.

Have a great weekend!