'Twister' spotted over Dorset

Picture by Sally Tyler

Picture by Sally Tyler

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A HUGE 'twister' was spotted in the skies over Dorset this morning.

Sally Tyler spotted the funnel cloud travel up from the Channel and work its way inland.

It disappeared into the rest of the clouds at Ridgeway Hill, Weymouth. 

She said she watched it sweep across the landscape. She said: "It was a bit unusual. I have never seen one coming in land.

"It was huge. When it was travelling towards Hardy's Monument it was quite big in size.

"It was changing constantly as it went along - it was rising and falling."

Lorna Strong took a picture of the cloud as it travelled over Upwey.

She said: “I took them from chapel lane, looking towards Weymouth at about 7.30am. I have seen one once before a few years ago, from Upwey but not as good as this one.”

 

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1:51pm Thu 14 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

Try telling Oklahoma that's 'huge'.
Try telling Oklahoma that's 'huge'. speedy231278
  • Score: 22

1:55pm Thu 14 Aug 14

MrDMan says...

That certainly is not huge.
They're hundreds of metres wide in America.
However it is still quite cool.
That certainly is not huge. They're hundreds of metres wide in America. However it is still quite cool. MrDMan
  • Score: 18

1:58pm Thu 14 Aug 14

BarrHumbug says...

From "Huge" to "Quite big" all in the same sentence hahaha
From "Huge" to "Quite big" all in the same sentence hahaha BarrHumbug
  • Score: 5

2:01pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Jim_Springbourne says...

It's not huge, or even big. That's a baby one.
It's not huge, or even big. That's a baby one. Jim_Springbourne
  • Score: 12

2:12pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Mashhhh says...

**** funnel clouds ;)
**** funnel clouds ;) Mashhhh
  • Score: -7

4:57pm Thu 14 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

I've said millions of times......don't exaggerate........
I've said millions of times......don't exaggerate........ BIGTONE
  • Score: 6

5:02pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Controversial But True says...

Spotted over Dorset?

All of Dorset? It must've been massive!
Spotted over Dorset? All of Dorset? It must've been massive! Controversial But True
  • Score: 0

8:30pm Thu 14 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

When does it turn in to a tornado? Is it when it touches the ground? Any help much appreciated
When does it turn in to a tornado? Is it when it touches the ground? Any help much appreciated bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 2

8:46pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Chief-Wiggum says...

Another non story - woman spots cloud in sky...

Funny how the echo have switched the comments off on there made up web stats story! Wonder why!
Another non story - woman spots cloud in sky... Funny how the echo have switched the comments off on there made up web stats story! Wonder why! Chief-Wiggum
  • Score: -4

9:54pm Thu 14 Aug 14

mumtobe2013 says...

Did it touch the ground?? If it did then yes that's a tornado, if not It's just the rope of one that wasn't strong enough. Massive tornado really. I would love to chase tornadoes in America has been my dream for years. That my friend is not a "massive" tornado I doubt it even classed as a F-1.
Did it touch the ground?? If it did then yes that's a tornado, if not It's just the rope of one that wasn't strong enough. Massive tornado really. I would love to chase tornadoes in America has been my dream for years. That my friend is not a "massive" tornado I doubt it even classed as a F-1. mumtobe2013
  • Score: 2

10:40pm Thu 14 Aug 14

seaman99 says...

See them out at sea all the time wish I know it was such a massive tornado would have worned the the world that it was about to end . must be desprate for sales if you publish this
See them out at sea all the time wish I know it was such a massive tornado would have worned the the world that it was about to end . must be desprate for sales if you publish this seaman99
  • Score: -3

11:58pm Thu 14 Aug 14

A N Archist says...

There's twisters all over Dorset all the time. They're called capitalists and bosses.
There's twisters all over Dorset all the time. They're called capitalists and bosses. A N Archist
  • Score: -4

7:10am Fri 15 Aug 14

miketheplumb says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
When does it turn in to a tornado? Is it when it touches the ground? Any help much appreciated
When it is in the air it is a funnel cloud, it is arguable that is in fact a water spout that has turned into a land spout. Looking at the photo, the bit of the cloud that can be seen is fairly "ragged" which suggests it is associated to lowering cumulus rather than a supercell type activity.
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: When does it turn in to a tornado? Is it when it touches the ground? Any help much appreciated[/p][/quote]When it is in the air it is a funnel cloud, it is arguable that is in fact a water spout that has turned into a land spout. Looking at the photo, the bit of the cloud that can be seen is fairly "ragged" which suggests it is associated to lowering cumulus rather than a supercell type activity. miketheplumb
  • Score: 2

7:15am Fri 15 Aug 14

miketheplumb says...

mumtobe2013 wrote:
Did it touch the ground?? If it did then yes that's a tornado, if not It's just the rope of one that wasn't strong enough. Massive tornado really. I would love to chase tornadoes in America has been my dream for years. That my friend is not a "massive" tornado I doubt it even classed as a F-1.
For it to be an F1 it has to have wind speed of 73-112mph, anything less is an F0. This rope does not look to have sufficient power to be an F1. Having chased and captured (on film)21 tornadoes this season(including dual F4's), it still makes a change to see instability in your own back yard.
[quote][p][bold]mumtobe2013[/bold] wrote: Did it touch the ground?? If it did then yes that's a tornado, if not It's just the rope of one that wasn't strong enough. Massive tornado really. I would love to chase tornadoes in America has been my dream for years. That my friend is not a "massive" tornado I doubt it even classed as a F-1.[/p][/quote]For it to be an F1 it has to have wind speed of 73-112mph, anything less is an F0. This rope does not look to have sufficient power to be an F1. Having chased and captured (on film)21 tornadoes this season(including dual F4's), it still makes a change to see instability in your own back yard. miketheplumb
  • Score: 4

3:27pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Chardonnaychar says...

miketheplumb wrote:
mumtobe2013 wrote:
Did it touch the ground?? If it did then yes that's a tornado, if not It's just the rope of one that wasn't strong enough. Massive tornado really. I would love to chase tornadoes in America has been my dream for years. That my friend is not a "massive" tornado I doubt it even classed as a F-1.
For it to be an F1 it has to have wind speed of 73-112mph, anything less is an F0. This rope does not look to have sufficient power to be an F1. Having chased and captured (on film)21 tornadoes this season(including dual F4's), it still makes a change to see instability in your own back yard.
After all the low-brow comments I think it's a travesty that miketheplumb didn't have any up votes - I've fixed this now. Well done Mr Plumb!

[quote][p][bold]miketheplumb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mumtobe2013[/bold] wrote: Did it touch the ground?? If it did then yes that's a tornado, if not It's just the rope of one that wasn't strong enough. Massive tornado really. I would love to chase tornadoes in America has been my dream for years. That my friend is not a "massive" tornado I doubt it even classed as a F-1.[/p][/quote]For it to be an F1 it has to have wind speed of 73-112mph, anything less is an F0. This rope does not look to have sufficient power to be an F1. Having chased and captured (on film)21 tornadoes this season(including dual F4's), it still makes a change to see instability in your own back yard.[/p][/quote]After all the low-brow comments I think it's a travesty that miketheplumb didn't have any up votes - I've fixed this now. Well done Mr Plumb! [imagine I wrote a brilliant tornado-related pun here] Chardonnaychar
  • Score: 0

11:30pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

Huge?

A mere tiddler.
Huge? A mere tiddler. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

5:56am Sat 16 Aug 14

Ginny nz says...

mumtobe2013 wrote:
Did it touch the ground?? If it did then yes that's a tornado, if not It's just the rope of one that wasn't strong enough. Massive tornado really. I would love to chase tornadoes in America has been my dream for years. That my friend is not a "massive" tornado I doubt it even classed as a F-1.
If you read the story you can answer your own question !!
[quote][p][bold]mumtobe2013[/bold] wrote: Did it touch the ground?? If it did then yes that's a tornado, if not It's just the rope of one that wasn't strong enough. Massive tornado really. I would love to chase tornadoes in America has been my dream for years. That my friend is not a "massive" tornado I doubt it even classed as a F-1.[/p][/quote]If you read the story you can answer your own question !! Ginny nz
  • Score: 0

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