An eagle-eyed North-east resident has captured a tornado-like weather phenomenon in the skies above Inverurie.
The footage, filmed by Graham Karl Poppe yesterday, shows a rotating column of clouds descending from the sky.
Although it looks like a tornado, it’s not – it’s a funnel cloud.
Funnel clouds, as described by the Met Office, are “cone-shaped clouds which extend from the base of a cloud towards the ground without actually reaching the surface”.
They are formed by a rotating column of wind drawing in water droplets, which make them visible. If the funnel cloud reaches the ground it becomes a tornado.
If one forms over water and reaches the surface it becomes a waterspout.
Although around 30 tornadoes form in the UK each year it is rare that they have enough force to cause damage. Funnel clouds are considerably more common.