Plane takes off in front of twister

Last updated 10:30 16/08/2014

IMPRESSIVE BACKDROP: A funnel cloud swirls in the background as a Ryanair plane takes off from East Midlands Airport.

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In the midst of tumultuous weather that has been sweeping across the UK, this Boeing 737 took off from an airport with a funnel cloud rotating behind it.

The picture, however, may be a bit deceiving, making the funnel appear closer than it actually was. But even still - this could not have been a comforting sight for passengers.

Severe weather has been battering the UK over the past two weeks, with the remnants of Hurricane Bertha and a powerful surge of unseasonably cool air moving in and sweeping summer weather away.

The Ryanair flight took off from East Midlands Airport, southwest of Nottingham, England. No word on whether this was a smooth flight, though.

Thursday (local time) was a stormy day across the UK, due to a powerful cold front. Some of the showers and thunderstorms on Thursday produced a third of a month's worth of rain in just a few hours. Flooding affected parts of London, as these rains came soon after the summer's heaviest rainfall occurred last weekend as the remnants of Bertha swept through as a post-tropical storm.

Planes have had close calls with tornadoes before, including in the US In 2011, an EF-4 tornado struck Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, and a fully loaded aircraft experienced the twister on the tarmac.

In that case, pilots had not been told there was a tornado warning in effect. That tornado caused severe damage to airport terminals and pushed some aircraft several metres away from the gates where they had been parked. Luckily, the tornado had reached its peak intensity just before it hit the airport.

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