With everything that's been happening recently, it's not totally unbelievable to think the apocalypse would be hitting soon. Locals were shocked when they saw a giant funnel cloud in Vancouver. While super-scary looking, experts have confirmed that the phenomenon was harmless.\nPictures and videos began popping up on social media as the large cloud feature descended over the Fraser River delta, near YVR Airport on Tuesday evening, May 12. It was so large, people in downtown Vancouver were able to see it.\nWhile the protrusion reaching toward earth might look like the first stages of an alien invasion, The Weather Network said it was likely just a (rare) side effect of a passing thunderstorm.\nTheir meteorologists say it's possible the funnel was actually a supercell — a weather system that could produce strong thunderstorms or even tornadoes — in disguise.\nHowever, after checking the weather conditions in the area as well as how the cloud was behaving, they say it's also possible to be a non-supercell movement, caused by an updraft of cold air in unstable conditions — just like how waterspouts are formed.\nIn several videos, the funnel was seen shifting and swirling in the sky, descending about halfway to the ground but never quite connecting.\nEven though videos and photos were taken from downtown Vancouver, the actual event was much further away.\nHighlight of the day. pic.twitter.com/Shdu5MoRy6— Leonard Tang (@leonard_tang) May 13, 2020\nIn either case, the Weather Network says the unstable weather conditions that caused the funnel will probably cause some sporadic storms in the area — "but nothing too out of the ordinary."\nWhile funnel clouds are pretty rare in Vancouver, tornadoes can sometimes happen, according to The Weather Network.\nThey usually take the form of waterspouts on the south coast.\nI was so stunned I took a brief video to prove it was actually over the Fraser. pic.twitter.com/TppdfKmIXt— ... (@calonyction) May 13, 2020\nHave to correct myself here. Hard to confirm actual supercell or mesocyclone despite the structure shown. Profiles, which I should have investigated first, really weren't supportive of supercells. I did pull a couple soundings with veering winds below 500mb but not consistently. https://t.co/T8HpAG2FBu— Brad Rousseau (@bradrousseau) May 14, 2020\nIt's been a pretty weird week weather-wise in Vancouver, from the city heating up hotter than Malibu over the weekend, to these freaky cyclones descending from the sky.\nIn fact, Canada overall is in for a boiling hot summer, which is some good news at least!\nThat was a good show. pic.twitter.com/5SuaJkoM6u— Leonard Tang (@leonard_tang) May 13, 2020\nBut other places around the nation haven't been so lucky; Ontario just recently experienced record-shattering lows.\nSo while the weather here's been taking an interesting turn these past few days, at least it's been warm and entertaining!