posted on May, 31 2011 @ 06:14 AM
First off all waterspouts have been occurring forever and they are not rare at all. This is not a result of global warming or Co2 (hahaha) and they
occur all over the world. Normally in warmer climates. The Florida Keys are notorious for waterspouts. Although they look very very impressive, if you
were to rate them on the same scale which measures Tornadoes, they would be an F0.
Waterspouts can occur over salt water as well as fresh water. They have even been known to happen over the Great Lakes region. They are common around
Japan as well as at the equator off the shores of Africa, The Gulf of Mexico, and many parts of the Caribbean. In 2003 we saw one of the largest
outbreaks on record for the Great Lakes Region. 66+ waterspouts over a 7 day period and in 1 day there was 21 over Lake Ontario. Here is great
overview of that event for anyone interested Mariners Weather Log
Now there are several types of waterspouts. Fair weather spouts generally occur in nice warm weather. Not attached to any type of storm and usually
starts from the bottom moving upwards.
Tornadic waterspouts start from above and move downward, and these are accompanied by thunderstorms. This is basically your tornado over water.
There are also winter waterspouts which are made of snow, though they are very rare.
So I am very sorry to have to break up the Global Warming Fear Party that seems to starting here, but as impressive as the footage is Waterspouts are
commonplace. I even recall a story of a massive, massive waterspout off the coast of Massachusetts in the late 1800's that would dwarf this footage.
I will try to find the info on it and if I can find it I will post it here.