Photo Gallery: Wall cloud spotted in lakes country
A wall cloud with a tail tricked many western Minnesota residents into thinking there was a tornado Monday night. But the parent thundershower was too weak to generate a tornado.
Instead, the weakly rotating updraft of the thundershower formed a low-hanging, rotating wall cloud.
Then a condensation inflow tail developed, which was shaped liek a sideways funnel. But it was not an actual funnel cloud.
No tornado warning was issued because there was no danger of a tornado. Doppler radar revealed the weak rotation and structure.
Because the cloud was visible all over the well-populated lakes region south of Detroit Lakes, it was well-photographed.