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    Encounters with H2o spouts
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2003 Sep 18, 12:05 -0700

    I don't know the science behind the H2o spouts but will tell you my
    encounters with them.Hopefully some of you can enlighten me on what makes
    them what they are.Spouts are not like tornadoes when away from a land
    mass.When occureing around a land mass I've noticed they act like tornadoes
    because I've been around a couple in the mid west.
    I'll start by discribeing a near coastal spout I observed at around 3 miles
    distance according to the radar.It formed quickly from the bottom of some
    Cumulus clouds.The clouds began to vortex and start toward the surface of
    the water.The visible part of the spout stayed close to the clouds and not
    untill the vortex touched the water could any more of the spout be
    seen.After the spout was touching the surface for a time I could actually
    see the water being lifted and expelled from the column of air while the top
    part of the spout that was visible earlier decended to meet the water being
    drawn up.The closest it got to the vessel was 1.75 miles and you could hear
    it distictly.On the radar it looks like a rain squal only it was moveing
    faster and very irratically.The barometer stayed fairly steady throughout
    but the wind direction changed radically but stayed in the same relative
    position throughout.From start to stop 4-6 minutes elapsed.
    On most mid-ocean spouts I've witnessed they appear and look as do desert
    zephyrs.The column of air is not visible at all untill it touches the
    water.Water rises up in the column and then just peters out.Most appear to
    be 10-50 ft. in diameter.They are not threatening to large vessels.They
    dance around for a time and disappear as fast as they form.Sometimes the
    creast falls away from where the spout touches and the uptake of water is
    stopped for a few secounds untill the spout again finds the surface.I did
    witness one monster at an unknown distance in mid ocean that looked like an
    hour glass.I have noticed there is no predictable rotation of the winds in
    the air column in the both hemispheres as have cyclones or hurricanes.Also,
    the barometer stays relatively stable during encounters.
    Mike,I looked at the problem on the site you gave but didn't go further with
    it because I didn't see a date associated with the sight.Did I miss the

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