Photo: Funnel Cloud Hovers Above Miami

January 6, 2013; 8:03 AM ET
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From the Facebook page of the National Weather Service in Miami, Fl.:

A significant weather advisory went out today following reports and a picture of a funnel cloud near Cutler Ridge Mall. Subsequent reports are that the funnel cloud has lifted back into the clouds. Thank you to David Katz for the picture! If anyone has any more pictures, please share them with us!

For weather weenies, AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski explains WHY the funnel cloud happened:

"Any convective shower can produce a funnel cloud. What tends to happen is the funnel cloud forms as the wind flow within a convective shower rises. If it is near the coast, there can be enough weak wind shear to cause rising air to spiral upward. The weak wind shear is usually caused by air converging near the coast. In Miami, a weak front is over the area. The winds north of the front are from the northwest and the air flow south of the front is from the south southeast. So, there's your shear. Funnel clouds form quite often off the coast of Miami when there are convective showers. Most of the time they are too far off the coast to be seen or noticed.

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