Dramatic Waterspouts Appear Off Greek Coast After Tuesday’s Severe Storms

Waterspouts over open water. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

After unexpected rain storms slammed into the country early Tuesday morning, sharp-eyed weatherspotters were able to capture waterspouts which formed near the island of Thasos and the northern Greek region of Chalkidiki.

Δευτέρα 12.10.2020Ένας εντυπωσιακός Υδροστρόβιλος, έκανε πριν λίγο την εμφάνιση του, ανοιχτά στην θαλάσσια περιοχή Λιμενάρια της Θάσου !!Πηγή μέλος της ομάδας μας.

Posted by Meteology on Monday, October 12, 2020

The impressive weather phenomena are simply columns of wind connected to a cloud which form over a body of water. Waterspouts can either be tornadic, which have extremely strong winds, or “fair-weather” waterspouts, which are quite harmless.

While it seems that the cloud is pulling water up from the sea below, the column is actually made from condensed water that is descending down from the cloud, stretching down to the sea.

Απίστευτο! Ένας γιγάντιος Υδροστροβιλος, εμφανίστηκε πάνω από την Ποτίδαια, αναστατώνοντας τους κατοίκους με το απόκοσμο θέαμα. Καταγραφή μέλους της ομάδας μας.

Posted by Meteology on Monday, October 12, 2020

Although most commonly found in tropical climates, where high humidity and warm water temperatures make for perfect conditions for waterspout formation, they can be found all over the world.

The storms which occurred all over Greece on Tuesday caused widespread damage across the country, especially in Attica, where Athens is located, where trees fell as a result of the strong winds and flooding also affected many areas.

More scattered storms are expected throughout this week, with heavy rains, winds, and even hail being predicted at present.