Funnel Clouds but Not Tornadoes: 5/26

On Saturday afternoon numerous thunderstorms rolled across Northeast Kansas. The Thunderstorms were not severe but did produce torrential downpours and because they did not move very quickly the rain totals added up quickly. Some places saw between 2-5 inces of rain from these thunderstorms. This prompted some flash flooding and a few road closures across Northeast Kansas. These thunderstorms were not severe but a few of them did spin up brief funnel clouds. Multiple people sent in their pictures of thses funnel clouds. You may be wondering, if there were funnel clouds then why was there not tornado warning. The reason no tornado warning was issued was because the spin in the atmosphere and the atmospheric conditions were not indicating that any tornadoes would form. Funnel clouds are not tornadoes. They can produce tornadoes, but are not officially tornadoes until they touch the ground and debris is kicked up. So it was a good move not to issue a warning because there was not a danger. This should prove that when a warning is issued that there is a real danger and the warnings need to be taken seriously.

Anyways, here are some pictures from across the area of funnels that spun up during the afternoon on Saturday.



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