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Rare Winter Funnel Clouds Form In Miami-Dade

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Photo of a funnel cloud taken around 3:30pm at U.S. Southern Command in Doral. (Source: Rafael Carderera)

Photo of a funnel cloud taken around 3:30pm at U.S. Southern Command in Doral. (Source: Rafael Carderera)

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DORAL (CBSMiami) – It’s a weather phenomenon rarely seen over such a populated area, especially with no storms nearby.

A funnel cloud formed over western Miami-Dade shortly between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. Friday. The twisty force of nature streaked east over Doral, no doubt alarming drivers headed home for the weekend.

Several who saw the funnel reported it to the National Weather Service’s Miami office.

According to CBS4 Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli, such a weather phenomenon rarely occurs on land.

Berardelli said the weather conditions responsible for Friday’s funnels are the same ingredients needed for waterspouts:

Unusually humid conditions combined with a sea breeze off Florida’s east coast and calm winds from the ground to the clouds

A separate funnel cloud formed near Miami Zoo just after 2 p.m.

Berardelli said funnel clouds will again be possible Saturday afternoon, especially in southern areas. After that, Berardelli said, South Florida is in the clear.

“The funnel clouds are not as likely this weekend because the winds will increase,” said Berardelli.

If you see weather happening, and you can safely do so, take a photo and send it to pics@cbsmiami.com. Your photo could be featured on TV.

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