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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A member of the Central Weather Bureau in Taichung said waterspouts often form in the neighborhood of a thunderstorm or weather front.
Mabini Mayor Noel Luistro in a text message said the waterspout quickly dissipated.
Together with weak waterspouts and tornadoes, large and intense vortices are occasionally observed.
"First it was thought to be something like a twister but later people realised that it was waterspout," he added.
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A waterspout is like a tornado at sea, in which a continuous vortex can extend from a cloud all the way down to the surface of the water.
Anxious residents deluged the Met Office with calls after spotting the waterspout off Brighton.
COTABATO CITY -- At least 13 houses and shanties were destroyed when a twister and a waterspout hit Koronadal City in South Cotabato province and a coastal village in Parang, Maguindanao, on Friday, officials said.
Meanwhile, according to sources in Suwaiq, people witnessed a waterspout in the sea.
She said the weather system could have formed a "waterspout" that sucked the water -- as well as creatures and objects -- from the sea and dumped them back to earth in the form of rain.
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