What is a cold air funnel?

May 16th, 2014 at 4:45 pm by under Weather

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The possibility of cold air funnels this afternoon may lead you to wonder what a cold air funnel is. This is not your typical funnel that produces a tornado.

In fact, the National Weather Service does not issue a tornado warning for cold air funnels because they rarely touch down, and are usually extremely brief.

They are also almost impossible to detect on a radar.

These funnels form from the colder air in the upper levels in the atmosphere.

If a cold air funnel happened to touch ground, it would produce winds similar to a weak tornado. So it would not be a bad idea to get to a safe part of your home just for caution.

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