Rare weather phe­nom­e­non seen in RAK

Gulf News - - Nation - BY DEREK BALDWIN Chief Re­porter

Arare fair-weather wa­ter­spout swirled across waters off Ras Al Khaimah yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The Na­tional Cen­tre of Me­te­o­rol­ogy (NCM) posted an eye­wit­ness video of the wa­ter­spout — an air-and-wa­ter col­umn mov­ing swiftly along the wa­ter — ap­pear­ing to have dropped out of the storm clouds that have draped the north eastern reaches of the UAE since Sun­day.

Fore­caster Mo­ham­mad Al Kha­jeh con­firmed that the video was posted shortly af­ter 11am on the weather cen­tre’s Twit­ter ac­count. “It’s rare,” he said. Water­spouts are un­com­mon in the UAE. They form when low-ly­ing clouds leave a shorter ver­ti­cal dis­tance to the ocean sur­face and winds can quickly be­gin to swirl.

The mas­sive fun­nel cloud known as a wa­ter­spout in RAK.

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