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As if there weren’t enough to think about, many Humboldt residents witnessed a small, tornado-looking sky phenomenon this morning, oh boy.

Around 10 a.m. Monday, just as brief rains fell on Humboldt, a cold air funnel formed near McKinleyville begging to be cell phone-documented. (See one Outpost’s reader’s efforts above.)

Ryan Aylward, a meteorologist with the Eureka arm of the National Wether Service, tells us these funnels occur when a rotating column of air forms under convective clouds. He assures us that these funnels are nothing to be concerned about. 

“There’s no danger to the surface,” Aylward saids. “It’s up there in the clouds.”