Winter Waterspout; Snowspout
Hey Jay, did you have a snow squall happening. You might be number 7 on the list of known snowspout pictures. Check it out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowspout
So the water is that much warmer than the air that you reverse tornados. Hot moist air rising through cold air, rather than cold air dropping through hot air, Ah maybe this is a big guess. Anyway thanks for sharing this strange one with us.
PS your still making me think, and now it's starting to hurt.
Out of points damn be back tomorrow.
Hi again Jay
This is a fantastic post!
Not only it is a great seascape, but it also present a unique phenomenon, something one doesn't get the chance to see and raed about all-day-every-day on TN...si my hat's off to you!
I assume you took the picture from the inside (of anything) because if you went out to take photos on -28C...they should give you an award, but at the same time lock you up in a nut-house :)))))
The note here is very interesting to read and very educative, too.
A wonderful work!
Bravo and TFS
I am getting cold just looking at this picture. It is moody and unique. Cannot add to what it actually is, but sometimes one can enjoy without knowing. Will be back to see if any experts pitched.
this is a really cool photograph .... no pun intended :) I bet you don't see a waterspout everyday, especially in the winter. You can tell it's very cold the way the mist is coming off the water. Buurrrr.
- arfer (0)
- [2007-01-18 21:40]
You have captured this phenomenon well.It looks so cold ,and you have managed to capture a good DOF.An excellent documentation photograph congratulations.TFS
Firstly, thanks for the very informative and useful note. It is great to learn something about all these fascinating natural phenomena you find and post so that we can benefit from your extremely chilled experiences. I notice Horia mentioned something about giving you an award for braving the -28°C conditions, but he also mentioned the real state of affairs for I too think that it should have been a ‘certificate’ to pronounce your mental state of health (cuckoo…eh, I mean chuckle).
This is great work and reeks of the utmost dedication to your photographic hobby and in the unrelenting spirit of a discoverer. The photograph clearly displays the conditions you referred to. The exposure was well managed and the details were brilliantly captured.
Very well done and TFS.
PS. Do you have any idea or theory on the little black item in front of the island. Perhaps an "Al Qaeda" submarine, no? Perhaps that explains the 'radio controlled' arctic skua look-a-like hovering above just below the clouds. Shucks, talk about paranoia.
- anniejo (0)
- [2007-01-20 22:22]
Coming from the midwest, I have often seen tornadoes, and this appears to be very similar
Good timing on your part to capture this one on camera!!
You did well to get such a clear and clean shot of this phenomenon.....
Very nice presentation!
- BobH (650)
- [2007-11-13 2:11]
No critique of the photo, which is a rare treat. My comments are about the phenomenon itself- the cause and naming. I've seen and shot many of these and have just posted a composite of 3 shots on this site, with some description. Take a look at it and read the comment- if people want, I'll post more. Waterspouts and snowspouts are misleading names, since there is no direct involvement of either snow or water. They are like dust devils in the cold- less dense surface air spiraling up through the overlying cooler and denser air layer, much like water draining down a bathtub. I don't see them more than a few minutes after sunrise, so I think the sunlight destabilizes the inversion and allows for less organized convection, preventing the spiraling behavior.