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May 20, 2017

Waterspout in Florida


From Astronomy Picture of the Day:


What's happening over the water? Pictured above is one of the better images yet recorded of a waterspout, a type of tornado that occurs over water. Waterspouts are spinning columns of rising moist air that typically form over warm water. Waterspouts can be as dangerous as tornadoes and can feature wind speeds over 200 kilometers per hour. Some waterspouts form away from thunderstorms and even during relatively fair weather. Waterspouts may be relatively transparent and initially visible only by an unusual pattern they create on the water. The above image was taken earlier this month near Tampa Bay, Florida. The Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida is arguably the most active area in the world for waterspouts, with hundreds forming each year. Some people speculate that waterspouts are responsible for some of the losses recorded in the Bermuda Triangle.

May 20, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


OK that's just plain freaky, rational explanation aside!

Posted by: tamra | May 20, 2017 5:07:09 PM

In comparison, the US gets far less (and mostly weaker) storms; the Atlantic simply doesn't generate as much thermal energy as the Pacific:


This isn't a "my cat is blacker than yours" argument (thumbs-up for gray cat).

Posted by: Fred | May 20, 2017 4:24:16 PM

I've never seen a photo like that!


I have been in a sailing race where I've witnessed a 747 taking off at Kai Tak airport and one of the wingtip vortices spun onto the sea and slammed a boat over instantly. Something to behold.

As an aside, US gets hurricanes, Asia gets typhoons.

Phillipines gets the brunt:


Plus volcanos and earthquakes. Still the prettiest part of our planet, when you take time to know where to go.

Posted by: Fred | May 20, 2017 4:02:11 PM

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