Funnel Cloud in the Hart?
Strange clouds spotted in north end of city – photo submitted
Prince George, B.C. – It’s not something we see in the skies everyday.
At around 12:30 p.m. today what appears to be a funnel cloud formed behind the Hart Husky and lasted around 10 minutes before disappearing.
250News shared the photos with Environment Canada Meteorologist Armel Castellan.
“Well it’s definitely a convective item and it’s not impossible for it to be a funnel cloud,” he said. “Generally we see them a little bit more wider at the top and narrower near to the bottom of the cloud or of the spinning part of the appendage if you will of the larger cloud.”
He said it would have been easier to confirm with video footage but notes with the current weather conditions it’s “within the real of possible.”
So just how common is it?
“It’s not uncommon. Everything Prince George and north and east of there is definitely where we might see this at this time of year,” said Castellan, who added lightning is still the most dangerous form of weather to watch out for.
“There’s hundreds of thousands of lightning strikes in the province every given year and there’s only just a handful of tornadoes. So that’s really one of the first things you want to be aware of and try to mitigate so you’re not exposed when a thunderstorm is overhead.”