What is that? Small funnel cloud appears over Joseph City

Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 3:15 PM MST
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JOSEPH CITY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - If you were looking up at the sky in Joseph City today, you may have noticed a twisting, twirling funnel cloud.

Viewer Rachel Berge shared this video with us on Tuesday afternoon, and Arizona’s Family meteorologist Royal Normal says it’s a funnel cloud!

This is created when cold air funnels form beneath showers or weak thunderstorms. According to First Alert Chief Meteorologist, Royal Norman, the air mass is very unstable in northern Arizona today. The funnels are most common when the sun is able to heat up the lower levels of the atmosphere, causing convection to bubble up and form showers. Cold air funnel clouds are usually harmless, but on rare occasions, they can touch down and cause EF-0 level (winds up to 85 mph) tornado damage.

They are, in a sense, a weak cousin to a tornado. They never grow stronger. A cold air funnel touched down in Apache Junction in November of 1986 and damaged about 60 homes. Most of that damage was fairly minor.

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Viewer Rachel Berge shared this video of a small funnel cloud over Joseph City with our First...
Viewer Rachel Berge shared this video of a small funnel cloud over Joseph City with our First Alert Weather team. It did not touch down.(Rachel Berge | Rachel Berge)

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