Massive waterspout spins up off Israeli coast

Owing to rapidly fluctuating temperatures, unusual tornado-like weather phenomenon caught on camera off the shores of the southern city Ashdod, wowing passersby

Danny Rup, Matan Tzuri |
Published: 01.03.22, 18:48
An impressive sight was seen off the coast of southern Israel on Monday as a massive waterspout danced its way through the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
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  • The unusual weather phenomenon, which resembles a tornado, was caught off-shores of the southern city of Ashdod.
    Massive waterspout seen off Ashdod coast
    (Video: Charlie Rimon)
    A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex, that occurs over masses of water, scooping up vapor and dragging it towards the sky. And while the impressive spout may look like a tornado, the strong winds created don't actually pull much water.
    The waterspout tends to occur when temperatures are cold and the water source is still quite warm. And while the slender tornados can be dangerous for boaters and shoreline locations, they do not pose any real threat further inland since they collapse soon after they move onshore.
    The temperatures in Israel began to plummet over the last weekend, as local showers washed and continue to wash different parts of the country over the past few days.
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    (Photo: Charlie Rimon)
    According to the Meteorological Service, the rain is expected to persist through Monday in various locations across the country. On Tuesday, local showers are expected in northern Israel and then move to the country's center by the afternoon.
    On Wednesday, temperatures will remain low but without rain and will begin slightly climbing again on Thursday. The weekend will see comfortable weather for hiking and other outdoor activities.
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