Australian Weather Calendar - May 2014

May photograph by Rawshorty

Waterspout puts bayside in a spin

Waterspouts occur over water and look a lot like tornadoes, though they are usually smaller and less intense. However the waterspout in Bateman's Bay, New South Wales, in 2012 was comparatively large. Waterspouts commonly occur over warm, shallow waters. In southern Australia, they can occur on the coast when cool, humid air is warmed as it passes over warm waters, and rises. Sometimes the vigorously rising air converges into a spinning column. Shorty Westlin of Canberra photographed it with a different perspective to most. 'Everyone else had a view of it on the water, but from where I was it looked like it was on land and coming in.'