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Beware of funnel clouds

May 10, 2013

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.”

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