Natural phenomena are tremendous both as beautiful and horrifying events. There are plenty of such events which occur every day in different corners of the world, treating us with mind-blowing scenes. The list of such phenomena is, of course, a very long one. Waterspouts, also sometimes known as the sea tornado, is one of such prominent natural events around the globe.
In fact, waterspouts are broken down into tornadic waterspouts and fair-weather waterspouts. Just as the name implies, tornadic waterspouts start as tornadoes do, from intense, rotating thunderstorms; these are the most dangerous, but also the least common. Fair-weather waterspouts happen more frequently and come from slower-moving developing storm systems. Both types require humidity and a warm water temperature. Waterspouts are capable of coming ashore and turning into tornadoes, just as tornadoes are capable of moving out to sea and becoming waterspouts. Waterspouts are most common between late spring and early fall, though they can technically happen anytime and over any body of water.
Rosie Burr December 21, Cruise 1 Comment. Water spouts can be scary and intimidating even to the most experienced of skippers. They are not as dangerous as their land- based counterparts; the tornado or twister, nevertheless, care should be taken when encountering one of these natural phenomena. According to the Oxford English Dictionary a water spout is a column of water formed by a whirlwind over the sea.
The rare phenomenon damaged about 50 buildings after churning through the sea to make landfall on the shore of Penang, Malaysia, on Monday. Video footage shows a gargantuan column of water spinning off the shore of the popular tourist island. But the cyclone was not a tornado, but a waterspout - a natural phenomenon that operates in the same way as a terrestrial tornado — but still capable of causing damage.