Rare Waterspouts


First Created 10/1/2012

 

August 20, 2012

Lake Michigan Plagued by Hot and Wild Weather, Waterspouts

Reports of bizarre Wizard of Oz-like weather over Lake Michigan are touching down all over the Internet.

This past weekend, up to nine twisters were sighted over the lake. But they weren’t traditional tornadoes; they were waterspouts.

Waterspouts are most common in warm tropical ocean water, and have been documented extensively in the Atlantic Ocean, especially around the Florida Keys. But they are not unheard of in the Great Lakes region.

There was an “outbreak” in September of 2011 over Lake Michigan. And two were sighted earlier this year.

The funnels form when large, cool air masses move in over warmer surface waters and cause an updraft.

Could the warming that researchers and locals are seeing around the Great Lakes this year mean more waterspouts?

“The Great Lakes warmed faster [this year] than usually because of warmer air temperatures and drier conditions,” National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Brueske told Water Currents. Less cloud coverage this year meant that there was more direct sun heating the water, he added.

Because of the heat wave that hammered the nation this spring and summer, the Great Lakes are approaching the warmest they’ve been in a century, reports Climate Central. Monitoring stations in Lake Michigan that normally see average water temps in early July at just over 60 degrees Fahrenheit clocked 80 degrees on July 6, 2012.

From: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/08/20/lake-michigan-plagued-by-hot-and-wild-weather-waterspouts/

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August 24, 2012

Rare tornadic waterspouts appear in Guangxi (China)

Around 12 O’clock at noon on Aug. 22, four streams of tornadic waterspouts appeared in the same direction off the coast of the city one after another. The spectacular phenomenon lasting for about seven minutes was captured by a local resident’s camera. Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado. They are associated with severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent dangerous lightning.

From: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90782/7921984.html

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June 4, 2012

Coastal Va. City Cleans Up After Rare Water Spout

Residents from the Carolinas to Pennsylvania are still cleaning up after 14 tornadoes ripped across the East Coast over the weekend.

In Hampton, Va., a rare water spout came ashore Friday night, damaging homes before going back out to sea. Meteorologists describe water spouts as tornadoes that develop over water. They are much smaller and usually weaker than hurricanes and develop under different weather conditions.

By Saturday morning, CBN’s Operation Blessing International deployed an assessment team to check on residents and offer help.

The response team worked with local construction crews to clean up debris. Workers described the damage as “substantial” but not devastating.

Operation Blessing provided tarps for homeowners with roof damage. All of the families the group helped had insurance but were middle to low income families who needed the extra help until claims could be filed.

Local news reported about $3.4 million in damages.

From: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2012/June/Costal-Va-City-Cleans-Up-After-Rare-Water-Spout/

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May 10, 2012

Scientist catches rare twin waterspouts on camera

A scientist caught the birth of rare twin waterspouts on camera as the twisters churned to life over Louisiana waters. One of the powerful and unusually long-lived twisters damaged homes and cut power as it barreled across Grand Isle, a long, narrow island along the southeastern leg of the state’s Gulf coastline.

The tornadoes formed at the front edge of a powerful storm system that moved across the region Wednesday afternoon…….

Read Full Article @ Link.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47376606/ns/weather-livescience/?google_editors_picks=true#.UGr4JVGYSuJ

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