Stunning Funnel Cloud Captured Above Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Posted by on October 5, 2017
Last Updated: October 5, 2017

It’s a bit haunting to watch: A thin funnel cloud slowly swirling back up into the heavens above Jōetsu City in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

As SoraNews24 reports, a resident captured the footage, and it was later shared on Twitter and YouTube by Weathernews, a weather information service based in Chiba Prefecture.

According to Weathernews themselves,  the video was taken at about 5:30 p.m. on September 30, 2017, and is a remarkably close shot of the “spawn of a tornado” – a funnel cloud – as it gradually disappears into the sky. Luckily, it didn’t touch the ground.

If it had, it would have become a tornado.

The funnel cloud retreats into the sky
Image: Weathernews/YouTube

You know, it’s funny.

For the past week and a half, I’ve been learning a bit of Japanese, and one of the things I’ve been watching to get used to the sound of the language is the Weathernews live stream, SOLiVE24. (Right now, it’s a little after 11:00 p.m. over there, and they’ve got their digital weather girl Airi polling everyone on their local weather conditions. It’s a trip.)

I don’t know how to say much, yet, but I do know 天気 (pronounced てんき, or te-n-ki). That means weather. Literally the “mood of the sky,” or something like that (天 = sky/heavens, 気 = mood, temperament, spirit). I don’t know; I’m having a pretty good time with it. Still memorizing katakana.

They also have a livestream of the northern lights in Fairbanks, Alaska, which I tweeted out last week. There’s not much to see right now, but check it out at night.

オーロラ is katakana for aurora, by the way, but it’s actually ōrora.

Anyway, they’ve been showing that funnel video on SOLiVE24  all week, but I didn’t think to share it, mostly because I wasn’t sure what they were saying about it. Then, this morning, I saw it again over at Coast to Coast AM, of all places. Funny how things connect like that. Then again, it’s a really cool video, so why not?

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About the Author Post by Rob Schwarz Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.