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Strange clouds over Seattle - was it a funnel cloud?

Strange clouds over Seattle - was it a funnel cloud?
Strange cloud spotted west of Seattle by "Captain Jack" on May 7, 2011.

"Captain Jack," a retired air pilot, captured these photos of what looks like a funnel cloud just west of Seattle on Saturday evening.

The photo was taken at 7:15 p.m. looking west. Jack says he lives on Kent East Hill about 5 miles south of Sea-Tac Airport.

"I swear it is a funnel cloud," he wrote in an e-mail to me. "I wish I had taken more photos as it slowly dissipated. It was clearly rotating clockwise as the top finally came out of the main cloud and did dissipate."

He says he's seen a few funnel clouds over his career and it "sure looked like one."

Anyone else notice this cloud?

Speaking of funnel clouds, there was a confirmed one in Hawaii earlier this month -- actually this looks like it's at least one, possibly two waterspouts.

Here is some video from YouNews contributor Leesa: