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    A Waterspout in Tampa Bay, Florida
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    What's happening over the water? Pictured here 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 featured image was taken in 2013 July 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.
    SOURCE: APOD (LINK)

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    Default Re: Waterspout, Tampa Bay, Florida

    Very cool. Spouts are not that strange down there. On delivery up from Palm Beach we picked our way through a line of at least seven spouts. Starting from a distance I was taking bearings on them and, allowing for our speed and heading, attempting to calculate the line's direction and rate of advance. Lots of room for error here but I saw quickly that we were not going to go around the line - too spread out - and we sure weren't going to outrun it. I was just looking for a good place to pass midway between two of the cells. Nerve racking but very very scenic.

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    That sure as hell isn't Kansas!
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    That Nasa writeup is dishonest and alarmist, as usual when they digress into weather. Most waterspouts are akin to dust devils rather than tornados, although the latter can happen. They aren't just weaker but are created differently in principle. Noaa sez in https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/waterspout.html

    Fair weather waterspouts usually form along the dark flat base of a line of developing cumulus clouds. This type of waterspout is generally not associated with thunderstorms. While tornadic waterspouts develop downward in a thunderstorm, a fair weather waterspout develops on the surface of the water and works its way upward. By the time the funnel is visible, a fair weather waterspout is near maturity. Fair weather waterspouts form in light wind conditions so they normally move very little.

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    On Boxingday 1998, the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race that met a huge storm as it entered eastern Bass Strait resulting in the loss of six lives and the greatest maritime rescue mission in Australia, I was surfing in western Bass Strait and saw three waterspouts out from the entrence to Westernport Bay. I knew and thought at the time that the yachts would be in for a terrible time. Water spouts in our area only seem to form when the weather is pretty wild. By the description above they where obviously Tornadic Water Spouts
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