Funnel cloud spotted over Darlington

FUNNEL CLOUD: Mark Williams' photograph of the funnel cloud above Darlington

FUNNEL CLOUD: Mark Williams' photograph of the funnel cloud above Darlington

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A SHARP-EYED Northern Echo reader photographed this dramatic funnel cloud as it swirled above Darlington during unseasonally dank weather.

Although not uncommon, funnel clouds are associated with tornadoes, the often-destructive form of extreme weather.

If a funnel cloud touches the ground, it becomes a tornado.

This funnel cloud was spotted by Mark Williams, in the Cockerton area of Darlington, on Thursday (August 14) morning.

It was one of a number of funnel cloud sightings across the country, with others reported in Leicestershire and Dorset.

Mr Williams said: "It was quite dramatic, I spotted it out of the front room window and raced upstairs to get a better look, that's where I took the photo.

"It seemed to be shooting back up into the clouds."

MeteoGroup weather forecaster Billy Payne said tornadoes and funnel clouds were not uncommon in the UK, although the tornadoes witnessed here were usually a great deal weaker than the destructive variety often seen in the US.

He said: "Funnel clouds can be a cause for concern, particularly if they touch down, as that is when they become a tornado.

"We have seen heavy showers and thunder storms, and high-level changes of wind direction, which are conducive to tornado and funnel cloud development."

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10:14am Fri 15 Aug 14

jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government. says...

its coming from the toilets at the Travellers Rest
its coming from the toilets at the Travellers Rest jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government.
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9:41pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Triphorn says...

Considering how vile Darlington is I think a tornado would be doing us all a favour by touching down there.
Considering how vile Darlington is I think a tornado would be doing us all a favour by touching down there. Triphorn
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10:23pm Sat 16 Aug 14

studio says...

Triphorn wrote:
Considering how vile Darlington is I think a tornado would be doing us all a favour by touching down there.
Great comment Mr Hague.

Nothing better than tarring everyone with the same brush, I`m sure everyone in your hambleton constituency are perfect.

Try looking around Darlington, yes, horrible area`s, but don't ignore the nice area`s. every town has them, good and bad. Even Harrogate.

Your comment is bordering on racial hate and hardly contributes anything towards the fact of a funnel cloud occurring.

Did i mention that the story states a funnel cloud? not as you state a tornado, the difference is quite vast. Look it up sometime then come back with a comment that matters.
[quote][p][bold]Triphorn[/bold] wrote: Considering how vile Darlington is I think a tornado would be doing us all a favour by touching down there.[/p][/quote]Great comment Mr Hague. Nothing better than tarring everyone with the same brush, I`m sure everyone in your hambleton constituency are perfect. Try looking around Darlington, yes, horrible area`s, but don't ignore the nice area`s. every town has them, good and bad. Even Harrogate. Your comment is bordering on racial hate and hardly contributes anything towards the fact of a funnel cloud occurring. Did i mention that the story states a funnel cloud? not as you state a tornado, the difference is quite vast. Look it up sometime then come back with a comment that matters. studio
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