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Funnel cloud appears over PEI

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

July 26, 2011 — People in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island were greeted by an unusual sight Monday afternoon: a funnel cloud.

Many Charlottetown residents reached for their cameras as soon as the funnel appeared
Many Charlottetown residents reached for their cameras as soon as the funnel appeared

There were no reports of the funnel touching down.

Environment Canada said the funnel was the result of interaction between a cold airmass over the region and the relatively warm waters around the island.

Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, said the funnel was very weak.

“There just wasn't enough instability to support the big, juicy storms we get tornadoes from,” she explained.

She added these types of “cold-core” funnels are an unusual sight in the Maritimes.

“We usually see these weak funnels setting up over the Prairies.”

That's not to say Prince Edward Island is a total stranger to funnel clouds: the province regularly sees waterspouts, and on August 7th, 2007, a suspected tornado touched down in Tignish.

The province also sees its fair share of severe summer weather: a line of violent storms tore across Atlantic Canada over the weekend, damaging property in New Brunswick and P.E.I.

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