BA video: Brazil waterspout.

Bad Astronomy Video: Attack of the Waterspout!

Bad Astronomy Video: Attack of the Waterspout!

Bad Astronomy
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March 30 2015 12:17 PM

BA Video: Attack of the Waterspout!

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A couple of weeks ago, a waterspout formed off the coast of a tropical beach in Brazil. The panic it evoked was merited … kinda sorta. Here’s why:

I’ve seen dust devils in person many times (driving from California to Colorado years back, we saw a half dozen, one that was so big we were kilometers away when we first spotted it), and pictures of them on Mars(!). But I’ve never seen a tornado in the wild myself, or a waterspout … or an ash devil, or a fire tornado.

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Y’know what? I’m not too upset by that. Watching them on video is just fine by me.

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.