There were tense moments Saturday afternoon in the central hub of Butler County, Missouri.
A funnel cloud dropped out of the sky around 6:15 p.m. near the Highway 67/60 Exchange on the west side of town.
I had been tracking a weak area of rotation within the storm during Heartland News at 6.
Our Poplar Bluff SkyCam caught the slowly swirling funnel as soon as I began the main weather segment.
I stayed with the live picture until I decided that the threat had subsided.
Even a few viewer photos sent to the station helped decide whether the funnel cloud made contact with the ground.
No damage was reported and I concluded after talking with the National Weather Service that there was no touchdown.
In Saturday's case, two small storm cells merged together and created turbulence on a humid mid-spring afternoon.
The NWS did not issue a warning because this was not a tornado, only a tropical-variety funnel cloud that rarely makes contact with the ground.
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