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What is a waterspout?

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

A fair weather waterspout is a whirlwind that forms beneath a cumulus cloud and over water. It’s generally not associated with thunderstorms.

A fair weather waterspout develops on the surface of the water and moves upward. Before you see the waterspout, you may see a funnel cloud hanging from the bottom of the cumulus cloud. A waterspout forms as the rotating funnel draws up water. Continue reading

Category: Meteorology, Phenomena

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