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Even though it might be invisible, a vortex is reaching the ocean surface from the cloud. When the wind speeds reach around 40 mph, the wind begins to kick up spray in a circular pattern — the spray vortex. At this time you might see the funnel pointing down from the cloud toward the ring.
The fourth, or mature, stage is when the funnel reaches all the way from the cloud to the ocean. You can usually see through the funnel - it's really a thin cloud of tiny water droplets.
During this stage, small waves are being kicked up and the spout leaves a bubbly wake behind as it moves across the ocean. These tiny bubbles could be carbon dioxide and other gases that are dissolved in the water that are caused to effervesce by the low air pressure in the spout's center - like a bottle of soda that's just opened.
Originally posted by earth2
reply to post by fizzy1
Well for the Record, where he took the pics is full of islands, this could very easily be in the water on the other side of the island or peninsula.
Anyway, I just messaged him a few minutes ago, we'll see what he has to say.
[edit on 25-5-2010 by earth2]