Dramatic storm spouts captured over Northern Rivers town

THESE spectacular images of a funnel cloud were posted on Northern NSW Severe Weather's Facebook page this afternoon.

"We seem to be seeing a few spouts forming today," the group posted.

"These were taken at 1:10pm looking over Coraki, NSW, from Caniaba Rd and Bruxner Hwy."

Storm over Coraki on September 6.
Storm over Coraki on September 6. Northern NSW Storm Watch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a landspout looks like a slender tornado over land, "but is not associated with an organised rotating cloud, does not form below a wall cloud and is generally not intense enough to do much damage".

"The mechanism which forms a landspout is similar to the waterspout: relatively cool air passing over hot ground produces updraughts and cumulus clouds," the BOM website explains.

"Random swirls can be caught up in an updraught and so tighten up into a funnel which is made visible by raised dust, rather than by condensation of moisture."

Storm over Coraki on September 6.
Storm over Coraki on September 6. Northern NSW Storm Watch