Beware of funnel clouds

Is there a difference between a funnel cloud and a tornado? “It’s all in the timing,” says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. A funnel cloud is a powerful twisting mass of air stretching down from a thunderstorm, but it has not yet touched the ground. “Once it makes contact with the ground, it’s then officially called a tornado,” McRoberts explains.”If a funnel cloud is spotted, it should be treated like it is a tornado because the situation can change quickly and become a life-threatening event.”