A waterspout funnel cloud, often known as a “non-supercell tornado”, was spotted off the coast of Torbay yesterday (Friday, October 2).
The funnel cloud was photographed off Preston beach, Paignton, by Rory Anning and filmed by Andy Ballantyne, of Heart SW News, from houses above nearby Elberry Cove.
Andy said the waterspout, which is a rare sight, lasted for about three to four minutes.
Most waterspouts do not suck up water. They are small and weak rotating columns of air over areas of water and are usually seen in tropical climes.
You can read about other natural phenomena that have wowed Devon here.
The unusual cloud formation is described as “a small-diameter column of rapidly swirling air in contact with a water surface. Waterspouts are almost always produced by a swiftly growing cumulus cloud.
“They may assume many shapes and often occur in a series, called a waterspout family, produced by the same upward-moving air current. Waterspouts are closely related to other atmospheric phenomena such as tornadoes, whirlwinds and fire storms.”