waterspout


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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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Met Eireann said that while it couldn't confirm the reports, weather conditions in the area were right for the waterspout to occur.
The crew had spotted another waterspout 40 minutes earlier off the Skerries but were amazed to see another forming right before their eyes.
Hodges' representation of waterspouts in Cook Strait could also account for both "And strait the Sun was fleck's with bars" (line 169) of the seventh verse and the image of vertical water of part four, verse twelve, lines 264-68:
The itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout (fingers creeping up) Down came the rain (fingers "raining down") And washed the spider out (hands moving from side to side) Out came the sun and dried up all the rain (hands making circle overhead) .
In "Midnight, Forecastle," the strangest, nearly incomprehensible chapter of Moby-Dick--a cacophony of voices that points the way towards Dos Passos and the Cantos--a Nantucket sailor says: "I heard old Ahab tell him he must always kill a squall, something as they burst a waterspout with a pistol--fire your ship right into it
Onlookers watch a waterspout pass over the Gilchrist Bridge in Punta Gorda
Among the many boat trips available in the land of lakes and mountains, you could drift along lake Geneva to shop in Evian, tour the upper Haut-Lac at Vevey, check out the Olympic Museum in Lausanne or the Museum of Lake Geneva (Musee du Leman) at Nyon, the waterspout of Genevaut, or head for a relation trip to Swiss Vapeur Parc at Le Bouveret.
At least 11 died and more than 400 were evacuated as rain triggered mudslides in the northern and central Philippines Eight were killed in a landslide caused by a waterspout in the province of Negros Oriental.
Outside in the courtyard, a handsome slab of wood supported by a waterspout forms a bench over one of the two rectangular pools; and you are prevented from having accidents by quotes about music inscribed in white across glass doors.
On the cover, in the oil painting by Cuban American artist Paul Sierra, a woman with folded arms leans forward, dreaming, while a waterspout of flames rises from the cauldron of black sea below her left elbow and funnels skyward to vanish, top dead-center, out of the frame.
Another is his description of the waterspout, which he renders with a vivid simile:
Two children, aged 12 and 14, were killed Monday when a crude bomb placed near a community waterspout exploded in a village near Mangalsen, in the Achham District in the far west of Nepal, police said.