Giant Waterspout Engulfs Tel Aviv Marina in Israel (VIDEO)

This giant waterspout was spotted from Tel Aviv’s marina in Israel on November 3, 2014! Majestic!

So what are waterspouts?

There are two categories o waterspout: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.

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Giant and beautiful waterspout swept through Zel Aviv’s marina on November 3, 2014

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. Watch an example of a tornadic twister in Mexico.

Fair weather waterspouts usually form along the dark flat base of a line of developing cumulus clouds. This type of waterspout is generally not associated with thunderstorms. The Tel Aviv’s waterspout is one of this kind:

While tornadic waterspouts develop downward in a thunderstorm, a fair weather waterspout develops on the surface of the water and works its way upward. By the time the funnel is visible, a fair weather waterspout is near maturity. Fair weather waterspouts form in light wind conditions so they normally move very little.

If a waterspout moves onshore, the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, as some of them can cause significant damage and injuries to people. Typically, fair weather waterspouts dissipate rapidly when they make landfall, and rarely penetrate far inland.

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