Travelers between Mukas Port in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte and Ozamiz City watch as a waterspout forms at Panguil Bay. Waterspouts are generally formed under specific atmospheric conditions over warm water. These atmospheric conditions include high humidity, unstable atmospheric conditions, and light winds. Photo by Bryan Nodado.
The process of formation involves a rapid upward movement of warm, moist air that meets cooler air, leading to the formation of a rotating column of air. When this rotating column of air comes into contact with the water’s surface, it can pick up water, forming a waterspout. Waterspouts are essentially tornadoes over water and can vary in their intensity, from relatively weak and short-lived to more powerful and longer-lasting phenomena.
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