Large Waterspout Spotted Off Hawaii’s Coast

March 26, 2018 Updated: March 27, 2018

A large waterspout was spotted off the coast of Hawaii over the weekend, prompting people in the area to take pictures of the weather phenomenon.

The waterspout became visible around 6:30 p.m. local time, reported Hawaii News Now.

People living in Kaaawa, Laie, and other towns on the east side of Oahu reported seeing the waterspout.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a waterspout is a whirling column of air and water mist.

There are two types of waterspouts, one called fair weather waterspouts and the other known as tornadic waterspouts.

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL
“Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado. They are associated with severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent dangerous lightning,” according to the administration.

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

The administration added, “By the time the funnel is visible, a fair weather waterspout is near maturity. Fair weather waterspouts form in light wind conditions so they normally move very little.”

Recent conditions in Hawaii have brought not only waterspouts but snow in some areas and heavy rains in other areas.



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