Funnel clouds spotted over Winnebago County and southeast Rockford

Special thanks to Andrew Wilkins and Mike Reinders for sending in these pictures of funnel clouds that were taken around 5pm this afternoon. Upon coordination with the Chicago office of the National Weather Service, we have come to the conclusion that they were landspouts or cold-air funnels. Only in rare instances do they ever touch the ground, and even rarer do they do damage. While another funnel may form over the next few hours, it is unlikely that it will warrant any statement or warning. If you spotted anything in the sky this afternoon (as always) send them to




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This post was written by qni_it on September 23, 2009

5 Comments so far

  1. Sean gay September 23, 2009 6:06 PM

    I saw one as well at boylan around 445. I couldnt snap a pic because i was at football but i saw it!!

  2. Mike September 23, 2009 9:47 PM

    Just sent a photo I shot of the funnel cloud also. Just thought it was a funny shaped cloud until I saw this post.

  3. Eric Sorensen September 23, 2009 10:12 PM

    Thanks for the photo Mike!!!

  4. Andrew September 23, 2009 11:18 PM

    I just wish my blackberry could take better pictures. It didn’t show as much detail in the photo that you could see with the naked eye. You could see the vortex inside the funnel cloud at the tip of the funnel. It was gone in a matter of 20-30 seconds.

  5. tony September 24, 2009 1:12 AM

    Incredible photos.

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