Filed under “holy s**t!”

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.

Waterspout Florida

(Click the image to massively embiggen.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Filed under “holy s**t!”

  1. Power Wench says:

    If you had been on scene, I’ve no doubt you would have been even more curious than the guy with the iPhone while his mom (?) is entreating everyone to take cover – “Just one minute!” Heck, I’d have been right there with you! πŸ™‚

  2. Ana_Γ± says:

    I love it.
    It’s so perfect that it seems unreal… although I guess it was VERY real for the mother (?)

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