Watch Ayia Napa Tornado Video; Waterspout formed in Ayia Napa
Smaller and less intense than tornadoes, waterspouts are columns of cloud-filled wind rotating over a body of water. Despite its name, a waterspout is not filled with water.
Waterspouts fall into two categories: fair-weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.
Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado and are associated with severe thunderstorms.
Fair-weather waterspouts usually form along the dark flat base of a line of developing clouds. This type of waterspout is generally not associated with thunderstorms. While tornadic waterspouts develop downward in a thunderstorm, a fair weather waterspout develops on the surface of the water and works its way upward.