Funnel clouds 'not tornadic'

Apr. 30, 2013 @ 04:04 PM

Funnel clouds sighted near Forest City and Spindale on Tueday were "not tornadic" according to the National Weather Service.

"Most of the time they are really pretty weak and a majority of the time they don't even reach the ground," said Pat Tanner, hydrologist with the National Weather Service. "They were not tornadic by any means. The atmosphere was not conducive to really strong downdrafts."

Tanner said the funnels reported were "cold-air funnels" that are similar to waterspouts. He said the National Weather Service had no indications of any tornadic activity in the area before or during the sightings.

Law enforcement officials reported two different funnel sightings near Spindale and Forest City just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.