Depending on your interest in or tolerance for hair-raising weather phenomena, Florida is either one of the best or worst places in the world to live. Massive thunderstorms are regular occurrences, hurricanes are semi-regular, and the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida is “arguably the most active area in the world for waterspouts, with hundreds forming each year,” according to NASA.
Joey Mole photographed this waterspout on his iPhone as it silently moved across Tampa Bay in front of his house. Astronomy Picture of the Day called it “one of the better images yet recorded of a waterspout,” and it’s certainly the best I’ve ever seen.
There’s video, too, and what’s spooky about it is the utter calm: no wind, no rain, and barely discernible movement as this tornado-in-all-but-name churns its way across the bay. Yikes.
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