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Wesla English explains weather phenomenon seen in the Okanagan on Monday

On Monday night, Cheryl T. was hiking on Knox Mountain when she saw something that caught her eye looking back towards Vernon.

What she saw almost looked like a tornado, or more realistically a water spout, but NowMedia meteorologist Wesla English believes it was something often mistaken for those two weather phenomena.

“After looking at Monday’s weather pattern, it would appear to be a rain shaft. This is when a visible column of rain or hail falls from the base of a cloud,” she explained.

“Sometimes mistaken for water spouts or tornadoes, rain shafts have a downward motion, and not a rotational motion.”

English admitted that it was tough to tell for sure what Cheryl caught on camera due to how far away it was, but would put her money on a rain shaft.

Cheryl’s video of the weather phenomenon was posted to the KelownaNow Instagram page this morning and it got plenty of attention, with over 6,000 views and nearly 800 likes in seven hours.

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