Funnel Clouds Seen Over Western and Central Wisconsin on July 4th

A few funnel clouds were seen and reported over parts of western and central Wisconsin during the afternoon of July 4, 2009.  Atmospheric conditions were briefly favorable for the formation of funnel clouds associated with relatively weak showers and thunderstorms.

Here is a photograph taken by the Wisconsin Highway Patrol near Hancock, WI in Waushara County around 1:00 p.m. on July 4th.

Funnel Cloud - Hancock, WI 07-04-2009

Here is a Doppler radar image of a weak rain shower that produced a funnel cloud report at 5:04 p.m. CDT July 4th just west of Big Flats, WI (Adams County).  Click on image to enlarge (higher resolution).

radar image of funnel cloud near Big Flats, WI

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