A funnel cloud was spotted over the skies of Grande Prairie near Wembley on Monday. Environment Canada Meteorologist Dan Kulak says he found out about the funnel cloud on Twitter and confirmed that the post was real.
“A funnel cloud is part of a storm that’s in a rain free area, usually the storm is in the distance. They have rain shafts, big streaks of grey or streaks of white… there’s usually a very flat base where you might see something that looks like a funnel coming down towards the ground.”
He adds funnel clouds are fairly common across Alberta, but aren’t always indicative of a storm.
“By their own definition [they] aren’t severe weather,” Kulak says. “Many funnel clouds do form that never come in contact with the ground and hence can’t do any damage. The biggest threat to life in the summer time is actually lightning.”
If anyone sees a funnel cloud, they can be reported to Environment Canada via email at [email protected], Twitter using the hashtag #ABStorm, or by calling their toll free number at 1-800-239-0484.