Funnel Cloud reported in the Northern Valley 5/23

A tornado warning for the Northern Valley.

Thursday was a bit stormy, but we had some very well organized storm cells, all of this ahead of our cold front.

Take a look at this picture from Woodstock, sent in by a follower on twitter.

This shows the structure of the storm in Shenandoah county.

Without seeing a wider shot of the storm, this does look like the wall cloud, the area if a tornado were to form it would be in this area of the storm.

There were signs of low level rotation as this storm moved into Frederick county.

That's when the tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service.

There was also .75" to 1" hail reported in Strasburg with this storm. 1" hail is about the size of quarters.


This is another look from Stephens City of an arcus cloud, usually called a shelf cloud.

This is the leading edge of the storm.


This picture was sent into TV3 Winchester by Trisha Weist.

Just an awesome ominious shot of this cloud.

Here is a look at the tornado warning for that area. It included Stephens City, Boyce, and the City of Winchester.


According to storm reports from the National Weather Service, there was a funnel cloud reported 3 miles east-northeast of the City of Winchester.

However I haven't seen a picture of a funnel cloud come out yet.

I'm not saying the wasn't one, this storm was definitely rotating and was capable of producing a tornado.

That's why the tornado warning was issued.

With all the pictures of the wild storm clouds from Thursday night I'm just surprised we haven't seen one of a funnel cloud.

A tornado did NOT touch down though, and there are no reports of damage in that area. There were several reports of trees down in Hampshire county, and in Charlottesville where a transformer caught on fire. 

We were in the slight risk of severe storms Thursday, and that does mean an isolated tornado is possible. Although we were expecting the strongest activity north and east of our area, which is where it did occur.

But this is the season for strong and severe storms, some are capable of rotating but not all. Remember, tornadoes are fairly uncommon in our area. They do happen, so make sure you know where you will go in your house if a warning is issued.

It's also a good idea on a day when we are expecting extreme severe weather to wear sturdy shoes. If a microburst happens, a tornado, or straight lines winds,  and it damages your home, you want to make sure you're not crawling over broken glass and insulation.

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