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Jul 13, 2013 4:58 PM by Zach Thaxton

Funnel cloud spotted near Pikes Peak

Dozens of News 5 viewers sent in photos of a funnel cloud just south of the summit of Pikes Peak around 2:30 Saturday afternoon.  First Alert 5 meteorologist Stephanie Ortmann says the funnel formed briefly before dissipating back into the clouds.  It formed at around 11,000 feet and did not touch the ground.  The National Weather Service says the current weather conditions are favorable for brief funnels.  High-altitude funnel clouds and tornadoes are rare, but do happen occasionally.  Last summer, a tornado touched down on Mount Evans in Clear Creek County at an altitude of 11,900 feet, the second-highest altitude ever recorded for a tornado.

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