a twister was reported in Newbridge last Thursday, June 21 on the old Newbridge to Naas Road. However as it did not hit the ground it was not logged with Met Eireann.
Despite being the first day of summer there was no sun in sight as the news hit the local and national airwaves. One onlooker Des Curran from Sallins described the funnel shaped cloud made up of violently rotating winds as ‘fascinating’ as it hit Newbridge in the afternoon.
“It happened just past Pfizers near Old Connell,” he said. “I was driving when I noticed it so I pulled in and got out of the car. It looked like a twister had come through a cloud burst. I saw the cloud spinning. It was a cloud funnell not a tornado as it is only a tornado if it hits the ground. It was about 50 feet off the ground. It lasted for a few minutes. The clouds were swirling around like mad. I wasn’t scared but I was fascinated. It was fascinating.”
Twisters are most often spawned by giant thunderstorms and there was heavy rain recorded in Newbridge earlier.
The conditions that lead to the formation of twisters are most often met in the central and southern United States, where warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico collides with cool, dry air from the Rockies and Canada however due to climate change tornadoes may become more common in Europe.