'Mini tornado' spotted over Jersey

A 'MINI tornado' was spotted in the skies above the Island on Thursday.

The cloud pictured over St Helier. Picture courtesy of BBC Jersey
The cloud pictured over St Helier. Picture courtesy of BBC Jersey

A funnel cloud – a funnel-shaped cloud of condensed water droplets – was spotted at about 2.30 pm.

Joanna Chambers, duty forecaster for Jersey Met, said several sightings had been reported to them. She explained that the funnel would be classed as a tornado if the spout touched the land. Similarly, if the spout touched the sea it would be called a waterspout.

'It is a bit like a mini tornado,' the forecaster said. 'They tend to come out of cumulonimbus clouds which tend to be quite unstable.' On average Britain experiences 33 tornadoes per year.

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