A waterspout in Tampa Bay was caught on camera this week as it made its way across the water.
The waterspout eventually moved onto land in Tampa and became a tornado. The twister damaged one home but quickly weakened once it was on land.
WTSP reports that water spouts occur frequently in the Tampa Bay area and saying that their team has tracked at least five in the last month. That may make it seem pretty hazardous to live in the Tampa area but the News channel notes that waterspouts aren’t as dangerous as they look.
Typically, a waterspout during the warm season will have about 50 mph winds. They also tend to weaken fairly quickly once they hit land. It’s a different story in the cold season, however. Waterspouts over the winter months can see winds blowing at around 100 mph and are frequently accompanied by powerful thunderstorms.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration notes that there are two types of waterspouts: fair weather and tornadic.
NOAA explains: Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water. They are associated with severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent dangerous lightning … 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… Fair weather waterspouts form in light wind conditions so they normally move very little.
The Tampa waterspout may have occurred in fair weather but it was still a pretty mean looking twister.
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