Funnel Cloud Spotted Over San Luis Obispo


Well here's something you don't see every day in California. 

A funnel cloud was spotted forming over the City of San Luis Obispo around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning. An employee with the city's parks department snapped the photo of the forming funnel cloud near El Chorro County Park and posted it to the city's Facebook page. 

This photo was just taken at 11:00 am by a staff member from our baseball fields at the El Chorro County Park in SLO  (Don't worry it cleared) There is more weather on the way, fields are closed, expect trail closures & stay tuned for event cancellations

The city said the funnel cloud quickly cleared up, but warned that they were expecting "more weather on the way." All of the city's fields have been closed due the impending rain. 

Funnel clouds are made up of a rotating column of wind and condensed water droplets, usually extending from the base of a cumulonimbus or cumulus cloud. They're usually associated with supercell thunderstorms. 

If a funnel cloud touches the ground, it's considered a full blown tornado. 

The National Weather Service retweeted the photo saying while they couldn't verify the photo's authenticity, they did confirm a massive cell of moisture near the area at the time. 

We can't verify the photo authenticity or if the funnel is touching the ground (tornado) behind the hill, but it appears to be real. Radar data from around 11:30am PDT had a stronger cell north of El Chorro Park at that time. Thanks  for sharing the photo.

San Luis Obispo saw between a third of an inch and 2 inches of rain since the rain first moved into California's central coast.  


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