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Photo Gallery: Wall cloud spotted in lakes country

A wall cloud with a tail tricked many western Minnesota residents into thinking there was a tornado Monday night. But the parent thundershower was too weak to generate a tornado.

Instead, the weakly rotating updraft of the thundershower formed a low-hanging, rotating  wall cloud.

Then a condensation inflow tail developed, which was shaped liek a sideways funnel. But it was not an actual funnel cloud.

No tornado warning was issued because there was no danger of a tornado. Doppler radar revealed the weak rotation and structure.

Because the cloud was visible all over the well-populated lakes region south of Detroit Lakes, it was well-photographed.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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