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Funnel Cloud Spotted

photograph from Nature story

(before 2003)

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Something surprising was spotted in the California sky. It was a funnel cloud. Funnel clouds spin down out of the sky toward the ground.

The day that the cloud was seen the weather was very rainy and windy. This combination of different temperatures created the funnel cloud. Funnel clouds form when warm air and cool air mix.

Funnel clouds and tornadoes are created the same way. They even look a little bit alike.
They both look like funnels coming down out of the sky.

Funnel clouds can cause damage. Luckily this cloud did not damage anything. It never even touched the ground.

It was interesting for people to see the cloud. Funnel clouds are not seen very often in California. Some people may have even gotten a little scared.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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