Cold Air Funnel in Arkansas

    6:12 PM, May 4, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) --  Did you notice any scary looking funnels coming out of the sky in Arkansas on Saturday?  

    If so, don't be fooled-- this weather phenomena rarely makes it to the ground and is hardly ever threatening.

    The upper-level low pressure system that's been the culprit of the rainy and cold weather in early May is the cause of this spinning cloud out of the sky.  The cold, windy air in lower levels of our atmosphere counteracts with cold air that is typically blowing in a different direction up in the sky.  The gnashing of wind directions along with a difference in temperatures cause this spinning visible cloud that sometimes looks like a tornado.

    Do not fear, these cold air funnels seldom make it to the surface. Plus if they do, cold air funnels cause minor damage.

    The picture above is from @ArkansasChasers taken in Hot Springs on May 4, 2013.

    If you happen to spot a cold air funnel, our weather team wants to see, too!  Send pics to weather@thv11.com

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