Illinois Family Shares Video of Funnel Cloud That Spun Over Them
It's pretty if you don't know what it eventually could become. A family in central Illinois recently shared video of a funnel cloud that spun directly over their heads and it really was beautiful - kinda.
I saw this video shared by Carrie Anderson trending on Yahoo today for a very good reason. It's a compelling up-close look at a funnel cloud that most will fortunately never see. Here's how Carrie described it on their Yahoo share:
“We watched the funnel come down from about seven miles away and decided to chase it to get a closer look, and we got about [a] half mile from the funnel,” Anderson told Storyful. “It gradually got bigger and longer but never touched the ground. It lasted about 10 minutes before it dissipated.”
Clint Thompson summed up my feelings in his comment on YouTube:
Yeah I wouldn't be mesmerized by a funnel cloud, I would be in complete terror that that damn thing was going to touch down and create a full tornado.
I'm with Clint. Sure, it's a beautiful example of nature at work, but I'd rather not take my chances that the vortex makes contact with the ground and then becomes a twirling ball of destruction.
I found a meteorologist share on Facebook that this was one of many cold air funnels in central Illinois a few days ago. As he mentioned, they rarely touch down, but really are a sight to see.