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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.
..... Click the link for more information. 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.
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A pipe or orifice through which water is discharged or by which it is conveyed.
A tornado occurring over water; rarely, a lesser whirlwind over water, comparable in intensity to a dust devil over land.
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A duct, spout, or the like, through which rainwater is discharged from a roof or gutter; for examples, see gargoyle and canale.
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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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