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Funnel Cloud

The Island is known for having pretty favorable weather conditions. There are rarely temperature extremes in any season. We get a lot of precipitation, but usually not in any crazy storms. Thunderstorms are even a rarity, though we do get an occasional weak hurricane.

When my husband came to Iowa for college, one things he was excited for was the possibility of experiencing a Midwest thunderstorm and maybe even seeing a tornado. It drove me nuts when a good thunderstorm rolled through and he would say he hoped it would produce a tornado. Well, in eight years of living in a tornado prone area, he never saw one. He was always a bit disappointed.

So imagine our surprise when we saw this as we were leaving the harbor for our deep sea fishing excursion on Monday:
A little funnel cloud. In a sunny sky. No thunderheads above. No rain even in the forecast. Really weird. Here is a little news article about the cloud. It is interesting to learn that funnel clouds can form in conditions other than the intense thunderstorms of the Midwest.

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