Brooklyn Residents Observe Strange Weather Phenomenon
BROOKLYN, NY — July 19, 2018
For the past three days, beginning on Monday, a tornado-like weather event has been observed near New York Harbor.
People spotted the massive gray cloud from Brooklyn around 2:50 p.m., which was later confirmed to be a funnel cloud.
According to the Weather Center and the National Weather Service, it's a cloud with a rotating column of air that is not in contact with the ground (and hence different from a tornado).
The National Weather Service tweeted:
We reviewed pictures and video from New York Harbor, and determined there was a funnel cloud. From the videos we saw, there was no apparent sign of the circulation touching the water.— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) July 17, 2018
Photos and videos of the funnel cloud were posted to social media.
After another broiling day, the cold front brought relief from the heat. Some of these storms were on the severe side with gusty winds, torrential downpours and flash floods.
In addition, in separate Northern regions of New York, showers and thunderstorms are expected Thursday evening. Wind gusts up to 20mps are also possible in spots, said a NWS New York representative.
"The cloud is the least of the city's worries from the storm, however. We're in for some pretty dirty weather with heavy rains. Be careful not to go near the trees," he said.