I had just barely hit the PUBLISH button on yesterday's post when L came flying in the back door. "Grab your camera", he shouted. "There's a waterspout out front!" Although they never read my blog, B & L are always on the look out for stories or good pics for me to post. They know how absolutely DESPERATE I get some days for stories in my boring life! So let's talk about water spouts today.
Wikipedia defines them as this "A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water and is connected to a cumuliform cloud. In the common form, it is a nonsupercell tornado over water, and brings the water upward. Also, it is weaker than most of its land counterparts." Basically, there are two kinds: tornadic and non-tornadic. Thankfully we have only had the latter one. To see just how devasting the tornadic ones can be, you should go over to Rosana's Blog for an account of what happened recently when one came ashore from Lake Chapala.
You will probably have to click on these pics to see the detail. This is what it looked like as it was forming.
Then it started to drop down.
These next two show it actually touching the water. I could see the water rising up into it from my front porch. Using the binoculars, it was spectacular. I was also amazed to see a small fishing boat about 100 yards away from it. I bet they were watching it too!
When we were tourists here in February 1998, there was a large water spout somewhere out to sea. It came ashore while we were running for cover. The wind and water it dumped in a matter of seconds was awesome. It felt like we had been caught in a tornado.
Unfortunately, that one claimed the lives of five local fishermen. Three of them were from the same family and their bodies were never found. That inspired the city to commission this statue, which was erected in 1999. I'm sure many of you who have visited here have seen it. It is located on the corner across the street from Jax. The next time you see it, think about the tragedy it commemorates.