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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With the students explain that, even if we don't want spiders in our waterspouts, we still need to make sure that the water can come out.
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When a funnel forms over water, it is called a waterspout.
Haddon (1904c:5) reproduced a total of three paintings as sketches: two anthropomorphs (identified as muri), and 'one pictograph, according to Gizu, represents a waterspout (baiu), which is the harpoon of the muri .
In all, the National Weather Service received 31 reports of tornadoes on Thursday from Missouri, Illinois, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, plus a report yesterday of a waterspout near Cartaret, North Carolina.
The first description of a waterspout in English appears in 1697, in William Dampier's A New Voyage Around the World.
Onlookers watch a waterspout pass over the Gilchrist Bridge in Punta Gorda
The ancient waterspout feature came from the temple of San Biagio in southern Italy but was probably split in half when the building was destroyed at the beginning of the 4th century AD.
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.