Holy crap this waterspout is enormous

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A positively massive and downright otherworldy waterspout vortex formed over Tampa Bay, Florida on Tuesday.

WDRB meteorologist Jeremy Kappell shared the above photograph to Facebook. Said one commenter: "Thats freakin aliens stealing our water........."


In fact, waterspouts are just non-supercell tornados that form over water. Via the American Meteorological Society:

Waterspouts occur most frequently in the subtropics during the warm season; more are reported in the lower Florida Keys than in any other place in the world. Funnel diameters range from a few up to 100 m or more; lifetimes average 5–10 minutes, but large waterspouts can persist for up to one hour.


ABC Action News posted viewer-submitted footage of the waterspout in action:

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