Wild weather phenomenon as funnel cloud forms near Beccles

THIS is the moment a funnel cloud was caught on camera on a day of unsettled weather in the region.

It was taken yesterday (Friday) by 24-year-old Lewis Greengrass at Kirby Cane, which is close to the Suffolk/Norfolk border near Beccles.

Funnel clouds are created when warm air rises quickly and hits colder air higher in the atmosphere - and if there is blustery wind blowing in different directions, it can then create the spinning funnel.

'I was driving in my car and I saw the cloud was coming down and I thought that's peculiar,' he said. 'Then I saw what looked like a tornado so I pulled over in a lay-by to take a picture on my iPhone.

'I just couldn't believe it, I had to do a double take. I thought this is England, we don't usually have anything like this, it was fascinating to watch.'

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Chris Bell, meteorologist with Weatherquest, said the difference between a tornado and a funnel cloud is that the latter does not touch the the ground.

He added: 'This is the time of year we start to get them. Britain does see more than you would imagine.'

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He explained the weather conditions yesterday had been ideal to produce the phenomenon.

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