Heavy spring showers have brought an unusual sight to the skies in our region.
Funnel clouds have appeared, like these ones captured over Gateshead - a clear sign of unsettled, stormy weather.
Storm clouds, or cumulonimbus clouds, can bring heavy rain, hail, thunder and lightning. They can also cause swirling winds at their base - creating a rotating column of water droplets.
These take the form of a tail under the cloud - resembling a funnel.
If the funnel cloud makes contact with the ground it becomes a tornado - bringing strong swirling winds that can cause severe destruction.
According to the Met Office, in a typical year, the UK sees around 30-35 tornadoes. Although they rarely form in populated areas causing major damage.