Waterspout in Australia

This spectacular waterspout was recorded yesterday on November 18 in Batemans Bay, in the Australian state of New South Wales. Luckily it did not cause much damage, but stronger storms expected nearby.   Check out the video…

A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water, connected to a cumuliform cloud. In the common form, it is a non-supercell tornado over water. While it is often weaker than most of its land counterparts, stronger versions spawned by mesocyclones do occur.Waterspouts do not suck up water; the water seen in the main funnel cloud is actually water droplets formed by condensation. While many waterspouts form in the tropics, locations at higher latitude within temperate zones also report waterspouts, such as Europe and the Great Lakes.Although rare, waterspouts have been observed in connection with lake-effect snow precipitation bands.

waterspout near FloridaImage credit: wikipedia

A waterspout near Florida. Note the two flares with smoke trails for indicating wind direction and general speed near the bottom of the photograph.