A cloud formation that looked like a tornado was spotted in Nelson, much to the delight of onlookers.
Marley McLeay captured the phenomenon on video and said: “I’ve seen many funnels over the plains these past years and certainly this was one of the most photogenic formations I’ve seen.”
While it looked like a tornado, MetService weather forecaster Hordur Thordarson said it was a funnel cloud, formed when warmer air converged on cooler air in the upper levels.
“Where the strongest convergence has happened it’s formed a funnel cloud, like the water draining out of a bath, but the other way around,” he said.
The cloud had some rotation to it, but it was not as strong as a tornado that produced high, damaging winds at the surface.
Hope resident Colin Johnson spotted the strange phenomenon as he looked west across the Waimea Plains towards Moutere at 3.15pm on Tuesday.
He said the swirling cloud started to elongate towards the ground.
“I thought to myself, maybe this is really going to happen. It could have been something else, but it certainly looks like a tornado.”
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