Plane dodges tornadoes in hair-raising landing in Sochi, Russia

Plane dodges tornadoes in hair-raising landing in Sochi, Russia

A plane was filmed landing in the Russian city of Sochi with three large tornadic waterspouts right behind it on August 29, 2017.

Up to twelve tornadoes were spotted off the coast on the same day, and it is the second week in a row that the columns have ripped through the Black Sea, RT reports.

Nine flights were delayed due to harsh weather in the area, with other planes being diverted to airports in the nearby Russian cities of Anapa and Krasnodar, according to local newspaper Sochi Express.

 

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The Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation for the Krasnodar Territory warned that the formation of waterspouts is possible on the Magri-Veseloy site on August 29, 30 and 31.

What is a waterspout?

According to NOAA, a waterspout is a whirling column of air and water mist. They fall into two categories: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.

Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado. They are associated with severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent dangerous lightning.

Fair weather waterspouts usually form along the dark flat base of a line of developing cumulus clouds. This type of waterspout is generally not associated with thunderstorms. While tornadic waterspouts develop downward in a thunderstorm, a fair weather waterspout develops on the surface of the water and works its way upward. By the time the funnel is visible, a fair weather waterspout is near maturity. Fair weather waterspouts form in light wind conditions so they normally move very little.

Featured image: Waterspouts as seen from an airplane over Sochi, Russia on August 29, 2017. Credit: sochi_vteme

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