Water Spout

Water Spout

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Caption: A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water, connected to a cumuliform cloud. In the common form, it is a non-supercell tornado over water. While it is often weaker than most of its land counterparts, stronger versions spawned by mesocyclones do occur. Waterspouts do not suck up water; the water seen in the main funnel cloud is actually water droplets formed by condensation. Waterspouts have a five-part life cycle: formation of a dark spot on the water surface, spiral pattern on the water surface, formation of a spray ring, development of the visible condensation funnel, and ultimately decay. .

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Keywords: cloud, columnar vortex, condesation, cumiliform cloud, encyclopedia, funnel, illustration, storm, stormy weather, tornado, vortex, water, water droplets, waterspout, weather

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