Waterspout

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A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water.wikipedia
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Tornado

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In the common form, it is a non-supercell tornado over water.
Various types of tornadoes include the multiple vortex tornado, landspout, and waterspout.

Cumulus congestus cloud

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Some are connected to a cumulus congestus cloud, some to a cumuliform cloud and some to a cumulonimbus cloud.
These clouds also produce fair weather waterspouts forming from mesocyclones.

Landspout

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Some weak tornadoes, known as landspouts, have been shown to develop in a similar manner.

Vortex

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A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water.

Thunderstorm

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Waterspouts that are not associated with a rotating updraft of a supercell thunderstorm are known as "non-tornadic" or "fair-weather waterspouts", and are by far the most common type.
Stronger thunderstorm cells are capable of producing tornadoes and waterspouts.

Rain of animals

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Fish can also be sucked up from rivers, but raining fish is not a common weather phenomenon.
One hypothesis is that tornadic waterspouts sometimes pick up creatures such as fish or frogs, and carry them for up to several miles.

Cumulus cloud

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Some are connected to a cumulus congestus cloud, some to a cumuliform cloud and some to a cumulonimbus cloud.
Cumulonimbus clouds, commonly called thunderheads, can produce high winds, torrential rain, lightning, gust fronts, waterspouts, funnel clouds, and tornadoes.

Mary Celeste

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A waterspout has been proposed as a possible reason for the inexplicable abandonment of the Mary Celeste.
Hypotheses that have been advanced include the effects on the crew of alcohol fumes rising from the cargo, submarine earthquakes (seaquakes), waterspouts, attack by a giant squid, and paranormal intervention.

Severe weather terminology (United States)

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The United States National Weather Service will often issue special marine warnings when waterspouts are likely or have been sighted over coastal waters, or tornado warnings when waterspouts are expected to move onshore.

Steam devil

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They are weaker than waterspouts and distinct from them.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race waterspout

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The south coast tornado was a tornadic waterspout spawned by a supercell thunderstorm off the south coast of New South Wales on 26 December 2001, during the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Grand Harbour of Malta tornado

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The Malta tornado in 1555 was the earliest record of a deadly waterspout.
It began as a waterspout killing at least 600 people.

Sicily Tornadoes

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The 1851 Sicily Tornadoes were twin waterspouts that made landfall in western Sicily, ravaging the coast and countryside before ultimately dissipating back again over the sea.
On December 20, 1851, the Illustrated London News published a report dating back to December 8 submitted by local sources in Malta, describing the path of two large waterspouts that crossed Sicilian plains from Marsala to Castellamare del Golfo, moving north-eastbound and evolving in a supercell of two full-blown tornadoes less than 500 meters apart.

Tornado warning

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The United States National Weather Service will often issue special marine warnings when waterspouts are likely or have been sighted over coastal waters, or tornado warnings when waterspouts are expected to move onshore.

Funnel

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A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water.

Body of water

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A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water.

Cumulonimbus cloud

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Some are connected to a cumulus congestus cloud, some to a cumuliform cloud and some to a cumulonimbus cloud.

Supercell

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In the common form, it is a non-supercell tornado over water. Waterspouts that are not associated with a rotating updraft of a supercell thunderstorm are known as "non-tornadic" or "fair-weather waterspouts", and are by far the most common type.

Mesocyclone

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While it is often weaker than most of its land counterparts, stronger versions spawned by mesocyclones do occur.

Subtropics

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While waterspouts form mostly in the tropics and subtropical areas, other areas also report waterspouts, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Great Lakes, Antarctica and on rare occasions, the Great Salt Lake.

Europe

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While waterspouts form mostly in the tropics and subtropical areas, other areas also report waterspouts, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Great Lakes, Antarctica and on rare occasions, the Great Salt Lake.

Australia

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While waterspouts form mostly in the tropics and subtropical areas, other areas also report waterspouts, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Great Lakes, Antarctica and on rare occasions, the Great Salt Lake.

New Zealand

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While waterspouts form mostly in the tropics and subtropical areas, other areas also report waterspouts, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Great Lakes, Antarctica and on rare occasions, the Great Salt Lake.

Great Lakes

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While waterspouts form mostly in the tropics and subtropical areas, other areas also report waterspouts, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Great Lakes, Antarctica and on rare occasions, the Great Salt Lake.

Antarctica

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While waterspouts form mostly in the tropics and subtropical areas, other areas also report waterspouts, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Great Lakes, Antarctica and on rare occasions, the Great Salt Lake.