Cold air funnels seen across the area Saturday afternoon and evening


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — You may have noticed funnel clouds in the sky as you stepped outside Saturday afternoon and evening. They may have seemed frightening, but these funnel clouds were actually nothing to be concerned about.

What are these funnel clouds? They are known as cold air funnels. These funnel clouds can occur if the right environmental conditions are present. They rarely pose a threat to life or property, as the chance one reaches the ground is very low.

We have received several pictures from viewers of the cold air funnels. Below is a gallery of images that have been sent to us.

What are the favorable environmental conditions that create cold air funnels? The funnels are associated with a bit of spin in the upper levels of the atmosphere, which interacts with cooler air moving in behind the weather system that brought us rain and storms to end the workweek. The cold air in the upper levels of the atmosphere also interacts with the rising warm air at the surface.

If you saw a cold air funnel on Saturday, send a picture to our Report It feature, or send a message to our social media pages.

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