I spent part of my Monday talking to Ms. Blinn and Mrs. Parsons 5th grade class at Altizer Elementary in Huntington. We talked all about tornadoes, hail, lightning and floods.
Here's a photo of us. They're holding up three fingers for TV. 3!
One of my questions to them was "What do you call a tornado over water?" Anyone?
The answer is a waterspout.
Waterspouts are simply tornadoes over water. But though they have a similar structure to some tornadoes, they form much differently. Waterspouts are common in tropical areas where thundershowers occur frequently, such as around the Florida Keys. But waterspouts also can spin up beneath puffy cumulus clouds without lightning or thunder over the Great Lakes. Sometimes as I explained to the students, waterspouts can suck up fish and frogs and rain them back down over land.
Keep up the great work at Altizer!
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