Rare twin waterspouts, traveling in tandem, caught on camera by scientist over Louisiana

May 10, 2012LOUISIANAA scientist caught the birth of rare twin waterspouts on camera as the twisters churned to life over Louisiana waters. One of the powerful and unusually long-lived twisters damaged homes and cut power as it barreled across Grand Isle, a long, narrow island along the southeastern leg of the state’s Gulf coastline. The tornadoes formed at the front edge of a powerful storm system that moved across the region Wednesday afternoon. Tim Osborn, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coast Survey, was just finishing up a meeting on Grand Isle when he spied a man out the window do a double-take and point to the skies. “He came running in and said, ‘There’s a waterspout out there!’ Osborn told OurAmazingPlanet. So Osborn grabbed his camera and started snapping, catching the birth of not one, but two waterspouts as they spun up over waters just north of the island. “You could clearly see them forming in the sky,” he said, “and I was able to get them on the camera as they were starting to drop.” Two spinning vortexes formed in the clouds and dropped lower and lower, until they reached the waters below, kicking up spray as they moved in formation toward the island. Osborn said he immediately called colleagues at the National Weather Service, who told him they’d been tracking the storm system. Less than 30 seconds later, tornado sirens began to wail. Osborn said that, in comparison to waterspouts he’s seen in the past, these twisters were “really surprising. They not only grew in size, they traveled in tandem, and lasted longer than most — about 10 or 15 minutes.” -MSNBC
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11 Responses to Rare twin waterspouts, traveling in tandem, caught on camera by scientist over Louisiana

  1. Melissa says:

    3.1 earthquake in Indiana today. Weird!!

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  2. Marc E Grecco says:

    This is something out of a disaster movie, things seem to be intensifying and increasing with more severe weather…..

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  3. Jerry says:

    Beautiful picture. I remember seeing 3 waterspouts at one time while I was at sea in the Navy. (At a comfortable distance) They only lasted for a minute or so.

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  4. Emanni says:

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    The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released their report on April 2012 and the first four months of 2012 for the lower 48 United States. We’ve got the record-breaking details below.

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  5. Elizabeth says:

    Both of these photos remind of bad dreams I used to have as a kid… tornadoes all around with no where to go. I hate tornadoes. :(

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    • Jill says:

      I have had tornado dreams for yrs,but,they are always at adistance. Ive identified its usually when i have issues i feel i have no control or losing cntrl over a situation, the more tornados there are the greater the issue,(s) Its like im being alerted that something needs to be dealt with. Im not as unnerved by the dreams as i used to be now. Everyone is different i realize, & the tornados you dream of may or may not represent somethinhg totally different…. Namaste

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  6. Irene C says:

    The picture I saw on “The Weather Channel actually showed four water spouts. One of them cam onshore and caused some damage. Very impressive picture.

    Maranatha

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  7. Dan TheMan says:

    I live here & best part is there was no rain in the area, except for this cluster of a lone thunderstorm to the south.

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