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Rare Funnel Cloud Spotted in North Bay

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    A funnel cloud was spotted about 15 miles southeast of the Charles  M. Schultz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa Wednesday afternoon, according to  the National Weather Service.

    The cloud was reported by control tower personnel at 1:18 p.m. and  likely disappeared soon after, National Weather Service spokesman Steve  Anderson said.

    "They're very short-lived," he said. "They last a matter of  minutes."

    The clouds are funnels of cold air that protrude a few hundred  feet below the base of the parent cloud and rotate or spin like a top,  according to the National Weather Service.

    They are rarely associated with winds strong enough to do any  damage.

     Anderson said those who see a funnel cloud should take shelter in  a sturdy structure if the cloud is directly over them.