A tornado developed in the skies above the Isle of Wight this afternoon (Wednesday), local weather forecasters have confirmed.
IW Met Service – the official weather partners of Island Echo – captured on camera a large funnel cloud that developed into a tornado as it touched down in the Bleak Down area of the Island.
Tornados are not to be confused with funnel clouds, a number of which developed across the Island throughout the afternoon – as captured on camera by eagle-eyed Island Echo readers.
A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the Earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. According to IW Met Service’s Chief Forecaster and photographer, Jamie Russell, there is enough evidence to show that a tornado was formed with reports of rotation by a number of people on the ground.
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