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The beginning of a whirlwind in Lower Silesia

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Violent aura hit many regions of Poland on Friday. There were thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds and heavy rainfall. In Żórawina (Lower Silesian Voivodship) a condensation funnel appeared, i.e. the beginning of a whirlwind. See photos and videos.

Friday brought violent weather to many regions of the country. Storms appeared, among others, in Silesia, Lower Silesia, Lublin, Lubusz Land, Opole, Podkarpacie and Lesser Poland. The phenomena were accompanied by strong winds with gusts up to 80 kilometers per hour and heavy rain. Hail fell locally. Level 3 and Level 2 IMGW warnings apply.

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Whirlwind germ

In Żórawina (Lower Silesian Voivodship) a condensation funnel appeared, i.e. the beginning of a whirlwind. The phenomenon formed above the school playground. The unusual view was captured in photos and recordings by Mrs. Dominika Pogodzińska.

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According to tvnmeteo.pl weather forecaster Daniel Kowalczyk, the conditions for the formation of the whirlwind germ were “favorable”, because in the vicinity Wroclaw storm cell developed.

A condensation funnel is formed when there are strong updrafts in the cloud. Typically, at a certain height, wind shear occurs and this current begins to twist. At some point, it begins to spin, and water vapor begins to condense in it. If the updrafts in the cloud are strongly developed and the rotating column touches the ground, a whirlwind can form.

Whirlwind germ Dominika Pogodzińska

Whirlwind germ Dominika Pogodzińska

Whirlwind germ Dominika Pogodzińska

Proboscis germMateusz Gawłowicz

Main photo source: Dominika Pogodzińska



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