Water spouts

A water spout is an intense vortex that occurs pretty much over any body of water, but is extremely rare.  It is a non-super cell tornado that occurs over water.  They usually don’t suck up water unless they are associated with a mesocyclones.  The water you see in most water spouts is condensation.  While many water spouts form in the tropics, they can occur at higher latitudes such as Europe and the Great Lakes.  Although rare, water spouts have been connected to “lake effect” snow.   Water spouts have a five part life cycle:  First the formation of a dark spot on the water surface, followed by a spiral pattern on the water surface, followed by the formation of a spray ring, then a development as a visible condensation funnel, followed lastly by their ultimate decay.

Water Spout near Forida

Water Spout near Forida

Non-Tornadic Spout near the Haigue, Neatherlands

Non-Tornadic Spout near the Haigue, Neatherlands

Spout near Monroe County, Florida

Spout near Monroe County, Florida

Lagoon Drive, Honolulu

Lagoon Drive, Honolulu

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

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3 thoughts on “Water spouts

  1. Aunt Stacey says:

    Wow- That looks so much like a Tornado! Interesting that it doesn’t suck water up?

  2. Daddy says:

    I have never seen a water spout personally, but I would say you can be quite the whirling water spout in the pool! Great article:)

  3. Agent 007 says:

    I hope water spouts don’t damage the ships. They are very cool looking!

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