North West Wales

Funnel cloud seen over Carneddau mountains in Snowdonia

The cloud formation was spotted over Carnedd Dafydd on Sunday (Pic: Peter Macmillen)
Image caption The cloud formation was spotted over Carnedd Dafydd on Sunday

A dramatic cloud formation has been caught on camera above the Carneddau mountain range in Snowdonia.

The 'twister' formation was spotted by walkers at around 16:00 GMT on Sunday above Carnedd Dafydd.

Keen hill-walker Peter Macmillen, who took the picture, said it was an unusual sight and "really spooky".

BBC weatherman Derek Brockway said it looked like a funnel cloud which can form when cold air passes over a warmer sea and then rises up.

He added that weather conditions in the area on Sunday would suggest that this was the cause of the formation.

For a tornado, or water-spout, to form the funnel would have to touch the ground or the sea.

It is impossible, from the picture, to say if this happened on top of Carnedd Dafydd, he added.

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