A small tornado has been caught on video on the ground in the Netherlands. The twister was stirring up dust over tilled land in southeastern Netherlands, near the Germany border, late last Friday, local time. Although the video did not clearly show a funnel, it did reveal dark cloud bases, confirming that it was more than a mere "dust devil." Weather observations from nearby Maastricht indicated that a thunderstorm was in the area at the reported time of the tornado. Even so, temperature and dew point, key markers used in forecasting tornadoes, were relatively low, suggesting that the phenomenon was an example of a "cold air funnel." (AccuWeather)
Tornadoes are not unheard-of in western Europe. Last year there were reports of tornadoes in Spain, Portugal, France, UK, Poland, Germany and Austria.
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