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Weak funnel cloud. Picture from Shawna Korinek. 08/01/2014

Weak Funnel Clouds

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news Fargo, 58102
Fargo ND 101 5th Street North 58102

These pictures taken eight miles south of Breckinridge, MN, this afternoon show a very weak, horizontal funnel cloud in association with a cloud that wasn't even producing rain.  These sorts of funnel clouds are  never dangerous and cannot turn into destructive tornadoes.  Air has a natural tendency to rotate in the atmosphere and humidity has a tendency, under the right conditions, to condense into droplets.  Sometimes, with just the right conditions, it is possible to see weakly rotating funnel clouds that are not even associated with a shower.  It is merely a column of air with enough moisture condensation to produce a visibly rotating funnel.  This kind of funnel cloud does cannot turn into an actual tornado and poses no danger whatsoever.  Meteorologist John Wheeler

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