#WxGeekSpeak: Landspout tornado

The blog introduces you to a technical term from the American Meteorology Society’s “Glossary of Meteorology”. Welcome to #WxGeekSpeak!

What makes a landspout tornado different from a regular tornado? Click the video above to learn about why the location of the rotation is key.

Full definition of landspout tornado:

  1. (Rare.) A tornado.
  2. Colloquial expression describing tornadoes occurring with a parent cloud in its growth stage and with its vorticity originating in the boundary layer.
    The parent cloud does not contain a preexisting midlevel mesocyclone. The landspout was so named because it looks like a weak, Florida Keys waterspout over land.
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