April 4, 2012
You could see a funnel in the air this afternoon, but that doesn't mean there's reason to panic.
Cold air funnels are possible in Southwest and Central Kansas through sunset today. At least one was reported in Sedgwick County around 5:00 p.m.
Cold air funnels are typically reported within or near showers or weak thunderstorms.
"The winds in the mid-level are coming in out of the east, and curving around back towards the southwest. At the lowest levels, we have winds coming in from the north. There's shear or twist in the atmosphere. That's going to produce these funnels, but the atmosphere isn't going to allow that funnel to come all the way down to the ground, and become a tornado," said KAKEland Managing Meteorologist Jay Prater.
The cold air funnels typically pose no threat to public safety. If they do touch down it is usually for a brief period and the damage is minor.