Three pictures of a twister forming over Dorset

Dorset Echo: Picture by Jason Freeman Picture by Jason Freeman

THESE dramatic pictures show a potential twister forming over Dorset.

They were sent in by Echo reader Jason Freeman and were taken by him on Thursday afternoon over Crossways.

Mr Freeman said the clouds formed as heavy rain lashed the county.

He said: “Despite there being very little wind, I noticed a dark area of cloud appear and start to rotate developing as seen in the photos. It lasted about one minute then dissipated.”

Mr Freeman said he is a keen follower of the weather online and watches lots of documentaries on the subject.

He added: “It was definitely the beginnings of a twister, and had the classic rapid rotation forming which created the funnel shape.

“What made it more noticeable was that it was a very still day, with rain falling vertically, so it made the rapid movement of the cloud formations stand out.”

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1:23pm Sat 31 May 14

annotater says...

The word is Tornado not twister!
The word is Tornado not twister! annotater
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2:14pm Sat 31 May 14

Bollard says...

The weather was perfect for this kind of thing on Thursday afternoon. We got caught in an almighty downpour coming through Burton Bradstock and there was lightning as well. I guess there was probably hail somewhere but we avoided that.
The weather was perfect for this kind of thing on Thursday afternoon. We got caught in an almighty downpour coming through Burton Bradstock and there was lightning as well. I guess there was probably hail somewhere but we avoided that. Bollard
  • Score: 3

5:34pm Sat 31 May 14

theheadliner says...

This just looks like a forced perspective to me.
This just looks like a forced perspective to me. theheadliner
  • Score: -2

6:54pm Sat 31 May 14

ksmain says...

annotater wrote:
The word is Tornado not twister!
Yes I don't like the forced adoption of Americanisms in our language as well!!

The word is - TORNADO - Mr Echo Reporter please note.
[quote][p][bold]annotater[/bold] wrote: The word is Tornado not twister![/p][/quote]Yes I don't like the forced adoption of Americanisms in our language as well!! The word is - TORNADO - Mr Echo Reporter please note. ksmain
  • Score: 5

9:54pm Sat 31 May 14

Genghis says...

ksmain wrote:
annotater wrote:
The word is Tornado not twister!
Yes I don't like the forced adoption of Americanisms in our language as well!!

The word is - TORNADO - Mr Echo Reporter please note.
So Spanishisms are acceptable but Americanisms aren't?
[quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]annotater[/bold] wrote: The word is Tornado not twister![/p][/quote]Yes I don't like the forced adoption of Americanisms in our language as well!! The word is - TORNADO - Mr Echo Reporter please note.[/p][/quote]So Spanishisms are acceptable but Americanisms aren't? Genghis
  • Score: 3

7:38pm Sun 1 Jun 14

osmington4 says...

What a load of baloney. It just looks like a typical grey, British cloud to me. But hey each to their own and all that.
What a load of baloney. It just looks like a typical grey, British cloud to me. But hey each to their own and all that. osmington4
  • Score: 4

10:53pm Sun 1 Jun 14

DorchWebster says...

Looks like a funnel cloud to me :) It's not officially a tornado until it reaches the ground :)
Looks like a funnel cloud to me :) It's not officially a tornado until it reaches the ground :) DorchWebster
  • Score: 4

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