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    Question Do they have waterspouts where you live?

    Over Lake Ponchatrain they have some fairly massive ones. The lake isnít too deep either, forty feet at the most and about a twenty foot average.

    Hereís a video of a recent waterspout spawning another one.

    Hereís a picture of one that spawned a while back. Are waterspouts this big everywhere, is this typical size?

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    i have heard of them being offshore hereabouts very very rarely, but have never seen one personally.

    as a kid i experienced more than a couple of the terrestrial variety out in the midwest. just never over water.
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    I was on a boat that went through a nice size one off the coast of Virginia once... pretty cool! But this far inland in the mountains I've never seen one on a old mountain lake or any body of water.

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    Don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CableDude View Post
    Don't know.
    Duh, I read the subject line as "watersports"

    Time to call it a day.

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    "Come down to Lake Pontchartrain
    Rest your soul and feed your brain
    Free for you and all your friends, crawfish 'til the bitter end.
    Come down to Lake Pontchartrain
    Wade to where the shallows break
    That's where you will get to see everything the water can be."

    I was drivin' outta there as fast as a Camry could
    but the interstate was flooded and I had to
    take the road through the woods.
    Bad move in retrospect, the road disappeared in the rain
    and I stood on the brakes when I saw the sign:
    "Lake Pontchartrain..."
    Darius was yelling that he saw somebody out in the swells.
    He jumped out runnin' and Noland was goin' as well.
    "Come back!" Why the hell would they leave the car?
    And that's when I heard it - make no mistake -
    the voices were calling them from under the lake:

    "Come down to Lake Pontchartrain...
    Come down to Lake Pontchartrain...
    Come down to Lake Pontchartrain...
    Come down to Lake Pontchartrain..."

    The crawfish were screaming, the waves danced in time
    My friends went in deeper, the water, it climbed
    I watched in terror, the lake opened wide
    and horribly roaring, it pulled them inside.
    That's how it happened, why would I lie?
    There were no bodies, I've got none to hide.
    I'm just a boy, lost his friends in the rain
    Any more questions, just go and ask Lake Pontchartrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CableDude View Post
    Duh, I read the subject line as "watersports"

    Time to call it a day.


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    It's PV-nRT

    wind, for those of us that don't bank an rv at 155, and know water.\

    A water spout.???

    Who??? PosteD?? Dis?

    Is the waterspout like a toilet drain on the keep our friends below the equator?,, That in itself is a

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    So

    Really what way is it spinning, without the mirror?

    I can tell you why a spout, spouts, but 4 U 2 ask the ?, you have to keep attention?

    Need input, i.e. well is it spinning yes, and to the left/right

    That is the answer 2 your ? in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoundEye
    Are waterspouts this big everywhere, is this typical size?
    Yeah funnels are less common over this way on the north east coast...but still can happen.

    I've seen smaller ones over the water...not quite a big as the one in your pic.
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    We have them in Lake Erie at times. The ones I've seen are smaller then what you have posted. The ones I've seen are very slender and don't really resemble a funnel much at all. After seeing your video, ours look like that of the one forming.
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    I was just wondering if the shallowness of the water is what makes them so intense. They do look massive to me, luckily nobody has been killed so far, from what Iíve heard.

    They seem to be getting more common place too and larger.
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    I don't believe water depth has anything to do with it, it's basically just a funnel (tornado) over the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morbidpete View Post
    "Come down to Lake Pontchartrain
    Rest your soul and feed your brain
    Free for you and all your friends, crawfish 'til the bitter end.
    Come down to Lake Pontchartrain
    Wade to where the shallows break
    That's where you will get to see everything the water can be."

    I was drivin' outta there as fast as a Camry could
    but the interstate was flooded and I had to
    take the road through the woods.
    Bad move in retrospect, the road disappeared in the rain
    and I stood on the brakes when I saw the sign:
    "Lake Pontchartrain..."
    Darius was yelling that he saw somebody out in the swells.
    He jumped out runnin' and Noland was goin' as well.
    "Come back!" Why the hell would they leave the car?
    And that's when I heard it - make no mistake -
    the voices were calling them from under the lake:

    "Come down to Lake Pontchartrain...
    Come down to Lake Pontchartrain...
    Come down to Lake Pontchartrain...
    Come down to Lake Pontchartrain..."

    The crawfish were screaming, the waves danced in time
    My friends went in deeper, the water, it climbed
    I watched in terror, the lake opened wide
    and horribly roaring, it pulled them inside.
    That's how it happened, why would I lie?
    There were no bodies, I've got none to hide.
    I'm just a boy, lost his friends in the rain
    Any more questions, just go and ask Lake Pontchartrain.
    Who sings that? I canít recall ever hearing it.
    Sliding down the banister of life ..........................

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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    I don't believe water depth has anything to do with it, it's basically just a funnel (tornado) over the water.

    The waterspouts seem to get much larger then the tornados ever get around here. We get some tornados but not as large as the Midwest.

    I was just wondering if it was the shallowness of the lake, heat or maybe the flatness of the surrounding terrain. I think the highest point in the entire state is only 50 feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoundEye View Post
    The waterspouts seem to get much larger then the tornados ever get around here. We get some tornados but not as large as the Midwest.

    I was just wondering if it was the shallowness of the lake, heat or maybe the flatness of the surrounding terrain. I think the highest point in the entire state is only 50 feet.
    Hmmm...maybe the wind has less resistance over the flat water.....no trees/hills/buildings to slow it down.

    We got 'nado warnings on the news tonight...heavy T-Storms rumbling along inland.
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