Caption: Waterspout over the sea. A waterspout is a type of tornado, a low-pressure vortex spiralling upwards. Unlike the more familiar tornadoes, a waterspout does not have to be associated with a supercell thundercloud system, and can form due to wind shear alone. As such, they are substantially weaker than tornadoes, although they still pose a hazard to boats and swimmers. Despite its appearance, a waterspout does not suck water from the sea: the cortex is visible as the air within it is at such low pressure that water vapour condenses. Filmed in Florida, USA.

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Keywords: 10 seconds or less, american, cloud, clouds, color image, condensation, condensing, danger, dangerous, day, extreme, florida, funnel, horizon, lockdown, marine, meteorological, meteorology, natural, nature, no people, ominous, outdoors, phenomena, phenomenon, sea, tornado, united states, usa, water, waterspout, waterspouts, weather

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