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Funnel Cloud I

This funnel cloud made a brief appearance near Goleta Pier this morning. I have to thank Bo Criss for calling and letting me know about it. At the time, I had my back turned to the ocean. As soon as I turned around, I muttered some expletives and nearly dropped the phone while grabbing my camera.

 

Here, the funnel cloud is at maximum intensity and you can see a vortex rotating within it. What a spectacular visual experience. I'm extremely thankful that I get to spend so much time outside and witness such interesting phenomena.

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Taken on March 6, 2010