'Twister' spotted over Guernsey?

The 'twister'?

What looked like a twister was spotted in Guernsey over the weekend.

This photo, sent in by Craig William, shows the spectacular scene over the island's airport on Sunday.

Guernsey Met also tweeted photos of the event, which is actually known as a funnel cloud.

Our weather presenter Sophia Bird explains how the phenomena occurs:

A funnel cloud comes from what's called a cumulonimbus cloud, which is a large, dense cloud that appears to bubble high up in the sky.

They can be associated with thunderstorms as they quite often reach altitudes of 30,000 ft.

Yesterday morning a number of those cumulonimbus clouds had an extra element attached - a funnel falling down from under the cloud.

A funnel cloud is a rapidly rotating cloud, extending down from the base of a cumulonimbus cloud.

If it were to touch the ground, which these ones did not, they would also be known as a waterspout or a tornado.

Waterspouts are not uncommon across the islands, and we have reported on them many times before: afunnel cloud was spotted at Jersey Airport this morning.

Keep your eyes peeled and if you spot any more, do send a picture through to us - channelweather@itv.com

The funnel cloud Credit: Craig William