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waterspout,

tornadotornado,
dark, funnel-shaped cloud containing violently rotating air that develops below a heavy cumulonimbus cloud mass and extends toward the earth. The funnel twists about, rises and falls, and where it reaches the earth causes great destruction.
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 occurring at sea or over inland waters. The characteristic funnel-shaped cloud is formed at the base of a cumulus-type cloud and extends downward to the water surface, where it picks up spray. Waterspouts are most frequent in tropical regions, but are not uncommon in higher latitudes.

waterspout

[′wȯd·ər‚spau̇t]
(engineering)
A pipe or orifice through which water is discharged or by which it is conveyed.
(meteorology)
A tornado occurring over water; rarely, a lesser whirlwind over water, comparable in intensity to a dust devil over land.

waterspout

A duct, spout, or the like, through which rainwater is discharged from a roof or gutter; for examples, see gargoyle and canale.

waterspout

Meteorol
a. a tornado occurring over water that forms a column of water and mist extending between the surface and the clouds above
b. a sudden downpour of heavy rain
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The weather was changing pretty quickly at the time with winds, huge clouds creating dark skies and then this water spout coming right down to sea level from the clouds.
Once into the deep waters of the western Bay of Biscay, I was surprised at just how regularly we encountered fin whales, their presence invariably betrayed by the tall vertical water spouts shooting from their blowholes as they exhaled.
Many rushed out with mobile phones and cameras to capture the water spout before it was shut down.
With a Spiderman film due in 2012, hopefully that will give the developers some breathing room to come back with something you'd be less likely to flush down a water spout.
Column, a "coherent convection" of cloud and mist, will be created by gently rotating the water on the surface of the Mersey and then adding heat which will make it lift into the air like a water spout or dust devil.
Incy Wincy Spider Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the water spout Down came the rain and washed the spider out Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain So Incy Wincy spider climbed up the spout again Baa Baa Black Sheep Baa baa black sheep, Have you any wool?
All schools that take part in the Grow Your Own Potatoes project will receive their free growing kit in March, containing Rocket and Vales Emerald seed potatoes, supplied by the British potato industry, growbags, water spout, stickers and an interactive classroom poster.
There are, however, no plans to restore the water spout which, until a number of years ago, operated in the centre of the lake.
For pounds 2,500 sponsors will have a water spout on the south aisle parapet carved in the shape of their head.
His picture showed the freak weather occurrence known as a water spout.
The water spout over Trefor on Sunday night, which some residents feared was a tornado; Picture: BRYN PRITCHARD JONES