Portal Interactive: Water Spout!

  •  This article have been shared by Farjad Akmal from Karachi, Pakistan

Can u imagine a natural weather phenomena which occur on land can occur on sea !!!! Oh yes it can and it had and many countries like Australia and Canada had witnessed it on their coastal cities.But what is the name of that tornado ?

Water spout. What is a water spout ?

A waterspout is a column of cloud-filled wind rotating over a body of water.

Despite its name, a waterspout is not filled with water from the ocean or lake. A waterspout descends from a cumulus cloud. It does not “spout” from the water. The water inside a waterspout is formed by condensation in the cloud.

There are two major types of waterspouts: tornadic waterspouts and fair-weather waterspouts.

Tornadic waterspouts get their start as true tornadoes. Influenced by winds associated with severe thunderstorms, air rises and rotates on a vertical axis. Tornadic waterspouts are the most powerful and destructive type of waterspout.

Fair-weather waterspouts, however, are much more common. Fair-weather waterspouts are rarely dangerous. The clouds from which they descend are not fast-moving, so fair-weather waterspouts are often static. Fair-weather waterspouts are associated with developing storm systems, but not storms themselves.

They have struck in many countries.Lets take a look on history …

On May 1931 a water spout formed in bay of bengal and cause storm over the entire eastern and southern coast of India and Bangladesh

1969 May 27
Two people on Boca Grande Key, Florida, saw the funnel of a waterspout descending from the cloud and coming towards them. They held on to the concrete pillars of a shelter as the spout passed over. The shelter was uprooted with its concrete foundations and carried 60 feet. The two observers were dropped into trees and escaped injury.

1970 September 11
A waterspout in the Gulf of Venice near Santa Elena island lifted and sank a steam yacht. 36 of the 60 passengers lost their lives. The waterspout came ashore at Iésolo and destroyed a camp site. 11 people were killed and several hundred injured.

Can a water spout formed in arabian sea or hit Pakistan ? Chances are extremly low but an unusal event can take place anywhere and some theroy suggest that monsoon and trade windis can cause some disturbance and giving birth to a Water spout!!!

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