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  • Location: Clevedon, Bristol
  • Location: Clevedon, Bristol

I was hoping to get your opinion on this funnel cloud / tornado looking cloud I spotted this evening. It was near Thornbury, Bristol / River Severn. 

We’ve had some heavy rain and ominous clouds around but even with my limited meteorological  knowledge I find it unlikely this would be the conditions for a tornados. Sadly I couldn’t study it enough to see rotation. 

What are your thoughts?

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  • Location: Hoyland,barnsley,south yorkshire(134m asl)
  • Weather Preferences: severe storms,snow wind and ice
  • Location: Hoyland,barnsley,south yorkshire(134m asl)

Hi Tim,it certainly is a funnel cloud or a tornado although i cannot see the base 

i had to crop your image(hope you don't mind) so that i could zoom in

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you definitely can see the rotation anti clockwise where i have put the arrows 

thanks for sharing and what a sight.

cheers

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  • Location: Clevedon, Bristol
  • Location: Clevedon, Bristol

Thanks for taking the time to respond - really helpful.

It seemed to reach quite close to the ground but I can’t confirm if it actually did. If I had the opportunity I would have tried to drive toward it but I was stuck in traffic.

It was quite a sight to see, one of those double take moments! I’m absolutely fascinated by the weather, especially tornados so you can imagine my excitement when I saw it.

 

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  • Location: Mill Corner East Sussex, 55m asl
  • Weather Preferences: snow,thunder,tornados
  • Location: Mill Corner East Sussex, 55m asl

Landspout? Gustnado maybe

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  • Location: Clevedon, Bristol
  • Location: Clevedon, Bristol
37 minutes ago, snowrye said:

Landspout? Gustnado maybe

Those are new terms for me (I’m a Metophobe). Landspout seems more plausible as Gustnados rarely connect to the cloud base (according to Wikipedia) - this almost certainly was.

Here’s the image with some post editing:

 

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  • Location: Mill Corner East Sussex, 55m asl
  • Weather Preferences: snow,thunder,tornados
  • Location: Mill Corner East Sussex, 55m asl

A landspout doesn't need a mesocyclone

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  • Location: Dorset
  • Weather Preferences: warehamwx.co.uk
  • Location: Dorset
7 minutes ago, Weather-history said:

Are we sure it is simply not steam venting from an industrial park  factory, chemical works chimney or power station? It does remind me of something like that. 

I think you might be right.

I seem to remember reading twitter posts, maybe two years ago? A big fire was reported around Bristol but it turned out to be steam from a power station.

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam
3 minutes ago, Mapantz said:

I think you might be right.

I seem to remember reading twitter posts, maybe two years ago? A big fire was reported around Bristol but it turned out to be steam from a power station.

The more I look at the editted picture, the harder it is to shake off the feeling it is simply just steam or smoke from a chimney or sorts. There are a number of industries around my neck of the woods and it reminds me of that.

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