The unfriendly skies: U.K. jet takes off near tornado?

The unfriendly skies: U.K. jet takes off near tornado?

The unfriendly skies: U.K. jet takes off near tornado?

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Posted on August 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 15 at 12:27 PM

(USA TODAY) -- Today's viral weather photo is of a jet in East Midlands, England, taking off Thursday as a tornado or funnel cloud spins in the background.

A funnel cloud is a tornado that doesn't touch the ground. Since the bottom of the cloud can't be seen, we can't be sure if it was indeed a tornado.

East Midlands Airport, from which the Ryanair jet took off, is near Nottingham.

For more about tornadoes in England, check out the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO), a private organization that tracks twisters. According to TORRO, about 33 tornadoes occur each year in the U.K.

Britain has been besieged with wild weather the past few days, including the remnants of Bertha last weekend. Thursday, rain described as "biblical" fell in and around London, leading to flash floods:

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