Saw a mini twister today!

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  1. Cliff-jumper_2000

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    Dont know what was going on i was out in the water an around 12 we were sitting there watching this what looked like a rain band then the next thing a mini twister dropped from the clouds at its best took half the lenght between the clouds and land! It was a site biggest i have seen you could see it rotating and everything! But unfortunatly i was in the water and couldnt take pics!
     
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    Where abouts. We had some storms in northern NSW.
     
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    In the South West Victoria close to Lorne if you know were that is!
     
  4. Taipan

    Taipan Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes 1500km from me. Always an exciting moment. Ive seen a couple of water spouts and a funnel cloud. Great weather events.
     
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    have you seen 2 of them close up
    I have at sea 12yrs or so ago
    I passed between 2 of them 8NM off dee why beach in my pro boat
    really scary trust me a real leg shaker
     
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    D-eye Photographer and skier Moderator

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    Was once on a cruise ship that was surrounded by several large waterspouts. The ship ended up passing through 2 of them.
     
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    There is no such thing as a 'mini twister' or 'mini tornado'. What you saw was a 'tornado', called a 'twister' these days due to that hollywood movie starring Helen Hunt.
     
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    Why is it wrong to prefix it with a size description?
     
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    Well technically it's ok to say you went to the mini-bar to get a mini-choc icecream because they are categorized by their size. I don't have a problem with the term mini tornado or even smaller tornado used to describe what is being seen, however the good folk at weatherzone get quite narky over the correct terminology, saying that once it is a tornado it is a tornado.

    Perhaps this comes from the overuse of the word "minitornado" almost as though we can't have a "real tornado" in Australia. The fact is we have them, as well as waterspouts and many other weather phenomena...
     
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    except that it was on water.
     
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    people get upset with "min-tornado" because it implies that it is somehow different to a "tornado" and that we dont have "real" tornados here in Australia. We do - right up there to the big F5's that kill and destroy things.

    The term "mini-tornado" is simply incorrect - like "mini cyclone".

    Having said that, the thing that the OP saw was probably NOT a tornado but a plain old waterspout - which as I understand it is subtly different to a tornado.
     
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    It wasnt a water spout it was over land just but didnt get to the ground didnt want to call it a tornado cause people would have been all up in my grill when i said what i saw probably anyways who cares it looked sweet somthing i have never seen before [​IMG]
     
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    A bit like this one???
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    It will be windy on the coast today. Storm warnings have been issued, so hang on to your hats.
     
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    Landspout would have probably best described it....

    btw, you can get tornadoes over water...remember the one that disrupted the Sydney-Hobart yacht race in 2001?
     
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    yeh the footage from nicorette of that waterspout was incredible.