Approaching Waterspout, Brazil

At this beach in Brazil, an approaching waterspout gave a good scare to many beach goers, fortunately no one was injured. Waterspouts are often weaker than most of its land counterparts, stronger versions spawned by mesocyclones do occur. Waterspouts do not suck up water; they are small and weak rotating columns of air over water. Waterspouts have long been recognized as serious marine hazards. Stronger waterspouts can be dangerous, posing threats to watercraft, aircraft and swimmers.