Long waterspout seen from family’s backyard in Thailand

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This is the moment a long and thin waterspout was seen from a family’s backyard.

Footage shows the giant weather phenomenon extending from the clouds across the sky in Phatthalung province, southern Thailand.

Resident Mon Tree said: ‘It was scary as it looked very near our house. It was gone in a matter of minutes and then it rained.’

Fair weather waterspouts like that seen in the video are most commonly found in subtropical areas and usually disappear shortly after they come into contact with land.

They form when winds merge from opposite directions near the water’s surface, creating a small area of spin. Sudden warm air at the surface causes the spinning air to rotate faster and it starts to rise – picking up water at the same time.

Sometimes the air spins so fast that it stretches and a funnel appears from the water to the thunderstorm cloud above.

Waterspouts are generally not dangerous but they can be a risk for aircraft flying through the area and for coral reefs and marine life in the water immediately below. Sailors should also try to avoid waterspouts – as the consequences of floating into one could be disastrous.

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