'Frequent funnels of wind across the coast'
LINCOLNSHIRE is no stranger to twisters.
The Grimsby Telegraph even won an award thanks to one which swept along the Cleethorpes coastline and was captured in a photograph.
The freak weather phenomenon was splashed on the front page of the paper in August 2000.
The Telegraph was named as winner of the Front Page of the Year section in the Regional Press Awards 2001 – the first time the prize was awarded.
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Grimsby-born weather girl Keeley Donovan, who works at the BBC Weather Centre, said tornados are not uncommon in the UK and there are frequent funnels of wind – or water spouts – seen along the coast.
A showery, turbulent day when the air is unstable is ideal for tornadic conditions.
Keeley said: "Tornados are frequent in Lincolnshire because of the flat mass of land along the coast. We are an island so as the wind travels over the sea it is heating and causing turbulence.
"Most will just whistle through without causing any damage."
The area has suffered from freak weather conditions a lot in the past few years. This year started as one of the driest 18 months on record with drought conditions, which were followed by the wettest April on record and the wettest three months between April and June for many years.
We also had the devastation of the floods of June 2007 when scores of people had to be evacuated from their homes.
The winter of 2010 also brought some of the heaviest snowfall in the county for 30 years.