Weather phenomena

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Waterspout outbreak over the central Mediterranean Sea

A waterspout outbreak is in progress over the central Mediterranean Sea since November 13, 2021, with most of them along the Sicilian southwest coast. According to the International Centre for Waterspout Research (ICWR), waterspouts have been reported off of Italy...

November 17, 2021

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Rare waterspout forms off Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

A rare waterspout for the region formed off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates on the morning of October 27, 2021. While waterspouts are rare in the UAE, they can occur when the weather conditions are right, and several of them have been recorded before off...

October 27, 2021

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One of the best-ever photos of a Gigantic Jet

Last week, Puerto Rican photographer Frankie Lucena recorded what is considered as one of the best-ever photos of a Gigantic Jet. This Gigantic Jet plasma event occurred over a very powerful thunderstorm near the Virgin Islands and also near Tropical Storm...

September 25, 2021

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Waterspout outbreak at Lake Michigan, expected to spread to other portions of Great Lakes

A waterspout outbreak is in progress at Lake Michigan since September 22, 2021, and the ICWR forecast model shows it continuing and spreading to other portions of the Great Lakes through Friday, September 24. International Centre for Waterspout Research (ICWR)...

September 23, 2021

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Close-up view of waterspout coming ashore in Novorossiysk, Russia

Waterspout made landfall in Shirokaya Balka, Novorossiysk, Russia.08-08-2021Video via https://t.co/eneGiivisO@ICWR pic.twitter.com/ID9LeGgYC9 — Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) August 8, 2021A waterspout formed on the Black Sea near the Russian city of...

August 19, 2021

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Massive waterspout forms in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, U.S.

An unusually large waterspout formed in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey around 13:30 LT (18:30 UTC) on Saturday, May 8, 2021. There are no reports of damage or injuries. The spout was spotted between Toms River and Seaside Heights, north of Route 37 bridge. The National...

May 10, 2021

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Rare 5 waterspouts in a row off of the New South Wales coast, Australia

Rare 5 waterspouts in a row were seen off of the New South Wales coast, Australia on May 4, 2021. The storm that spawned them also produced an intense hailstorm. The waterspouts formed off Old Bar beach, Harrington and recorded by Kirra Jane Moffitt. View this...

May 05, 2021

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Waterspout recorded as it hits a beach in China's Guangdong Province

A rare waterspout was recorded in south Chinas Guangdong Province as it hit a beach on Hailing Island on Monday, May 3, 2021. Is that a dragon emerging from the sea? A rare #waterspout was captured by tourists on the sea surface by the beach of Hailing island,...

May 05, 2021

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Large waterspout near the coast of Central Java, Indonesia

A large waterspout formed in Gajah Mungkur Reservoir at Wonogiri, Central Java, Indonesia at around 16:30 LT on January 20, 2021. The Chief Executive of the Wonogiri District Disaster Management Agency, Bambang Hariyadi, said the waterspout swirled over the...

January 22, 2021

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Unusually large waterspout recorded off Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

An unusually large waterspout formed in the Gulf of Paria, off Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago at around 14:50 LT on Friday, December 19, 2020. The waterspout remained out to the sea, as the thunderstorm it was attached to moved westward toward Venezuela. No...

December 19, 2020

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Rare waterspout forms near the coast of Mumbai, India

A waterspout was spotted off the coast of Mumbai on Monday morning, October 5, 2020. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) called it a rare phenomenon, particularly because it occurred near the coast. Malabar Hill resident Darshan Khatau captured the waterspout...

October 08, 2020

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World record waterspout outbreak over the Great Lakes

232 waterspouts/funnels have been confirmed over the Great Lakes from September 28 to October 4, 2020, in the second world record waterspout outbreak of the year, according to the International Center for Waterspout Research (ICWR). From August 16 to 19, 2020, a...

October 07, 2020

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10 simultaneous waterspouts seen off the coast of Louisiana, U.S.

Up to 10 simultaneous waterspouts were seen and recorded off the coast of Louisiana on August 20, 2020. Lake Michigan currently holds the visual record of 9 occurring at once in a single photo. WOW... I am gobsmaked.... 10 #waterspouts at the same time reported off...

August 21, 2020

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First-ever fire tornado warning issued by the NWS, California

A fire tornado produced by the Loyalton Fire in Northern California forced the National Weather Service to issue its first-ever fire tornado warning on Saturday, August 15, 2020. At least five tornado-strength/scale vortices are likely to have occurred within just 2...

August 17, 2020

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Rare atmospheric rivers form at opposite sides of Australia

A rare weather phenomenon occurred over Australia this week as almost identical atmospheric rivers formed at the opposite sides of the continent. The weather phenomenon is caused by a stream of moisture that moves in from the tropics, bringing very heavy rain....

August 11, 2020

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Strange summer 'snow' falls in Beijing, China

An unusual weather phenomenon occurred in the Dongcheng District of Beijing, China, on July 28, 2020. According to residents, it appeared like white snowflakes that fell in the area during a hot summer day, but meteorologists said it might be "chal" or...

August 04, 2020

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Rare meteotsunami forms in Upper Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, U.S.

A rare meteotsunami formed in the Upper Chesapeake Bay in Virginia on Monday, July 6, 2020. It occurred as intense storms moved through the region, which included hail and strong winds. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Mount Holly confirmed the weather...

July 09, 2020