Waterspout Over Lake Los Molinos

May 12, 2022


Photographer: Omar Curcio

Summary Authors: Omar Curcio; Cadan Cummings

Shown in the photo above is a waterspout that formed over Lake Los Molinos in Argentina on February 21, 2022. With weather conditions in the region being suitable for waterspout creation, an alert was sent by the National Meteorological Service for the Paravachasca Valley at around 12:41 p.m. local time. Waterspouts can be divided into two types: tornadic and fair weather. Like the name implies, tornadic waterspouts typically develop as tornadoes produced by severe thunderstorms over land before moving over a waterbody. Conversely, fair-weather waterspouts are generated solely over water and are usually less severe and smaller. Watching this event from a distance, it was evident the strength varied as the waterspout moved above the lake.

Photo details: Nikon D500 camera, ISO 200, f/10, 1/250 sec, Df 55mm

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