Watch Ayia Napa Tornado Video; Waterspout formed in Ayia Napa

Watch Ayia Napa Tornado Video

Smaller and less intense than tornadoes, waterspouts are columns of cloud-filled wind rotating over a body of water. Despite its name, a waterspout is not filled with water.

Waterspouts 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 and are associated with severe thunderstorms.

Fair-weather waterspouts usually form along the dark flat base of a line of developing 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.

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