Weather Tidbits: Waterspouts
This Weather Tidbits explores waterspouts. A waterspout is a rotating column of air over a large body of water. Waterspouts are classified as tornadic or fair weather types. Tornadic waterspouts are associated with severe thunderstorms and can even move onshore while bringing rough seas, strong winds, large hail and lightning. Fair weather waterspouts form from cumulus congestus clouds and are typically small, less intense and short-lasting. If a waterspout hits land, it officially becomes a tornado.