Weather Blog

May 03, 2008|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

Jeffrey Brauner of Baltimore spotted an odd-looking tornado on TV news recently. It was no funnel, he said, "just a big, dark blob of clouds sagging down going the same speed as the clouds in the sky. Is this type of tornado more or less dangerous than the funnel type?" Tornadoes take many forms (wedge, funnel, cone, tube, rope) and colors. Some start as funnels, broaden, then die as ropes. There is no correlation between shape and strength. They're all bad news.

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