Photo from Higgins Storm Chasers
Photo from Higgins Storm Chasers

DUST DEVIL: 'Tornado' spirals above Brisbane Airport

IMAGES of what some weather forecasters are calling a tornado have emerged on social media amidst claims the frightening system was lingering above Brisbane Airport this afternoon. 

Higgins Storm Chasing posted footage of what the site has termed a 'tornado' on Facebook. 


Earlier the same site posted photos of the system from across Moreton Bay saying it had been observed in Clontarf - in the Moreton Bay Region - but was moving south. 



And now Brisbane Airport has taken to Twitter posting even clearer footage of the shocking moment the weather system passed across the runway. 



However a spokesman from the Bureau of Meteorology said the system was more likely to be a weaker form of extreme weather called a "dust devil."



"The reports of a tornado are at this stage unconfirmed," the spokesman said. 

"Both the observer at Brisbane Airport and at the airport tower itself reported seeing a dust devil."

The spokesman said despite the repeated warnings for dangerous weather today's conditions weren't really those associated with tornadoes.

"If it is was a tornado it would be likely to be a very weak one," he said before adding while the BOM couldn't rule it out there was no need for people to be alarmed.

News Corp Australia

'New ground in lost production'

premium_icon 'New ground in lost production'

Stone fruit trees pulled out

Graffiti puts fun back into the classroom

premium_icon Graffiti puts fun back into the classroom

Jumpers and Jazz project pays tribute to past schools

Tragic tale of the motherboard death

Tragic tale of the motherboard death

Enter the mind of a 'Gale nerd' determined to revive lost tech