Funnel Cloud Reported in Springfield Area on Sunday
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a funnel cloud was observed in the sky as thunderstorms rolled through the Springfield area earlier this afternoon. A funnel was seen according to several trained spotter reports from Springfield to Ludlow around 12:40 PM this afternoon. There were no confirmed reports of a tornado or of any significant damage.
A funnel cloud differs from an actual tornado in that a funnel cloud is not touching the ground and causes no damage. When a funnel cloud makes contact with the ground, then and only then can it be called a tornado and is when damage begins.
The threat of thunderstorms continues through sunset with an isolated storm possibly causing wind damage or even a brief weak tornado.
First Warning Meteorologist Rick Sluben