Waterspout spotted in Gulf of Paria

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    A waterspout, which is is a funnel-shaped cloud that occurs over a body of water, was spotted in the Gulf of Paria this morning by persons from the Mosquito Creek.

    The waterspout though looks like a mini tornado, is usually weak and small in size.

    According to the US National Ocean Service, waterspouts fall into two categories: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.

    It says 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. They are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent dangerous lightning.

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

    This waterspout in the Gulf of Paria comes during the Rainy Season activity in Trinidad and Tobago.