Friday, 25 May 2007


Everyone thought it's a tornado or tsunami or twister coming towards our small island this afternoon. I managed to catch it for about 10 minutes, with snapshots. Later we learnt it was a water spout which was appearing in a circular motion.

It lasted about 15 minutes. It's understood that intense thunderstorms were the cause of this phenomenon, albeit not unusual. The water spout is a narrow column of water that is sucked to the base of a cloud, making it look like a funnel. An average diameter of a waterspout is 50 metres and it has average wind speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour.

While it lasted ..... everyone was "ooh-aah-ing" about it. Nevertheless it was a nice sighting as I happened to be there at the right place at the right time.

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