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Waterspout spotted in Mobile Bay

Waterspout Spotted in Mobile Bay

A large waterspout was spotted in Mobile Bay, Alabama, on Thursday, June 26. Viewers could see the funnel cloud from the Dauphin Island Parkway around 4.30 p.m.

Waterspouts, while often mistakenly believed to be tornadoes over water, are actually much less dangerous and relatively common occurrences along the Gulf Coast. However, a special marine warning was instated until 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, according to AL.com.


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ZACK June 27 2014 at 12:57 PM

when that waterspout moves onto land you will see how dangerous it is. it IS a tornado over water, when it reaches shore it does damage and then they call it a tornado. Very misleading article.

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msmith6791 ZACK June 27 2014 at 10:32 PM

Spouting off again, eh Zack? (heh heh)

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coopdabomb June 27 2014 at 2:39 PM

Not to worry it's just Harry Reid spinning another one of his tall tales

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qapla5 coopdabomb June 27 2014 at 3:44 PM

More like the crap spouting from John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

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coopdabomb qapla5 June 28 2014 at 6:07 AM

I see your knowledge of politics and waterspouts are the same. None, but as the typical lib. you can sure spin your own bsspout

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qapla5 June 27 2014 at 3:51 PM

To the "experts": There ARE waterspouts that are NOT "tornadoes over water." That's information that comes from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 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." That's from NOAA.

Unless you can provide credentials equal to or better than the folks at NOAA, take your opinions and shove them.

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Brian June 27 2014 at 4:47 PM

Why is there an alcoholic drink called a Hurricane? It is one of THE MOST mild drinks you can have. Maybe they should have called the drink scattered shower. If people want to call a waterspout a tornado......LET THEM ! What's the big deal. why is this even up for discussion? Let's all find something better to do with our time. I'm outa here !!!!

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sadiemae1214 Brian June 27 2014 at 8:45 PM

It's only as mild as the person mixing it. Rum can be very tricky!

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joscanner1995 June 27 2014 at 1:37 PM

This is so stupid!! There are two types of waterspout, a "fair weather" waterspout, which on land, we call a thermal vortex or dust devil. Then there is a TORNADIC waterspout which when it reaches land, the National Weather Service issues a TORNADO warning. Are the news medias so bored and stupid that they have to come up with trash like this to keep a job??

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garyletc June 27 2014 at 4:05 PM

Waterspouts form the same landspouts do. They are tornadoes. They are not *supercell* tornadoes, but tornadoes, nevertheless. Landspouts can reach EF3 speeds.

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avl14 June 27 2014 at 3:56 PM

this makes news we have a few a week during the summer time in the Mississippi sound often two plus at one time.

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Steven Williams June 27 2014 at 3:03 PM

AOL, are you serious. You posted this reporter’s article clamming that a waterspout “is not a tornado” over water. I would love to see were this reporter collected their information. It certainly did not come from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Geographic, or USA today. Moreover, as a matter of “FACT” waterspouts fall into two different categories: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts. With just a couple seconds of research the reporter or your editing deportment could have looked up the definition of TORNADIC: relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a tornado. This would have saved AOL from embarrassing its self. It’s no wonder AOL has lost so much popularity with the public.

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coopdabomb Steven Williams June 27 2014 at 3:32 PM

You're wrong. Look up landspouts

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msmith6791 Steven Williams June 27 2014 at 10:33 PM

I prefer alfalfa sprouts

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chuck June 27 2014 at 1:28 PM

are you sure it wasnt just obomas big mouth causing it?

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darkdaved June 28 2014 at 9:51 AM

Hate to burst your bullshit bubble, but waterspouts ARE tornadoes. One simple Google search would have informed you on this. Maybe you should go back to working at McDonalds where lying about what you are giving out is a general rule. But whatever. this "writer" obviously knows more about oceanic weather than, say, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, right? If I wrote this kind of garbage, I would be fired. Lies all of it.

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/waterspout.html

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darkdaved darkdaved June 28 2014 at 9:52 AM

Quote from NOAA:

"Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water."

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