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Double waterspouts form off Hawaii shore (with video)

Discussion in 'Weather' started by Dark Knight, May 3, 2011.

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    Reality Orlando Verified Aquaculturalist

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    Wow! Great pics. Thanks for posting!
     
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    [video=youtube;3-TfZslHKoo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-TfZslHKoo[/video]
     
  5. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    The storm was very unusual and extreme for HI.

    There is rarely lightening here much less the reported over 45 thousand lightening ground strikes in a 30 hour period.

    Because it is very unusual the lightening, the water spouts off Oahu (and hail on Maui) there isn't a point of reference for the general public that there is for say the midwest. KWIM?

    The water spouts while fascinating to look at happen so rarely here that as you saw in the video the surfers continued to stay in the water (some of them) which is a very dangerous thing to do. Water spouts can capsize larger boats and drown swimmers quickly by the water disturbance.

    It was an impressive storm. I went to pick up a daughter from soccer practice and pulled her out of the practice because that although they will practice through pouring rain (it pours here more often than not, we are not at the same elevation as say Honolulu) they have lightening so few times here that there isn't a comprehensive school plan to call off practice when there is lightening. KWIM? Coaches didn't mind and conferred and shortly thereafter called off the practice themselves. (there were a few parents that originate from the mainland that were there to pull their child up asking about the plans for lightening---no big issue). That does not in any way make the locals appear ignorant it simply means if you aren't exposed to an element and have personal experience it can be difficult to anticipate a possible outcome.

    It's kind of like the explanation of the history of tsunamis in cultures that had no written history. (a great many south pacific cultures did not for quite a while, I'm talking historically not recent by any means). That the truly devastating tsunamis happened so far apart and so infrequently that the oral history of the warning signs of the incoming tsunami weren't known to all inhabitants. Thereby there was always a catastrophic loss of life during those historical periods in history on those islands.

    Not my own thoughts directly above just sharing a history that I have learned while living in the land of rainbows and a respect I have developed for those cultures. :)
     
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    My niece (who lives on the east coast of Oahu) is from Columbus by way of Indianapolis.

    She said she had never heard thunder as loud as what she heard in Hawaii yesterday.
     
  7. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    I"m dead center of the island Nova. However, my home is upwards the side of the west ridge (the two ridges that are remains for ancient volcanic activity, there is a valley so to speak but the valley is at a much higher elevation than any of the coastal areas).

    If you have a chance to visit in the future have her take you to North shore. If it's winter make sure to check the news before heading out (she'll know this) and check wave levels. They can be 20-30+ feet and are an amazing sight to see. If it is safe enough (lower wave levels) you can go to a beach area in a state park called Ka'ena Point. It's our sweet spot. Very little people at any given time you might see less than a hundred people on a 2 miles stretch of continual beach and only locals or military are there. You would love it. I promise. :)

    Winter time: (beach is closed often)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6xAzuwXNSk&feature=related

    Summer time: (the time we go as a family quick clip)

    [video=youtube;LJzxKKT0Wfc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJzxKKT0Wfc[/video]


    Sorry for the off topic all :D
     
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    Thanks, Kat. I went to the North Shore in January of 1994. It was amazing.

    (Our daughter taught school in Nanaculi for the first year after she graduated from college. She and her husband then returned to Massachusetts, so I'm glad we visited while we had the chance.

    I'm sure we'll come back some time while my niece is there.)
     
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    legalmania Verified Paralegal

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    What is up with this weather? I was watching a funnel cloud the other day, luckily for me it stayed above the trees and touched down in northern Georgia. I don't like it, I don't like it at all. I left Fla. because my house was hit twice by F-1 tornadoes and now here they come again. I'm the Osama Bin Laden of tornadoes. I just hope I don't end up with a 2 x4 between the eyes.
     
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    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Thanks for asking, Kat. My niece returned to Indianapolis for summer break--just in time for tornado warnings there! But she's fine.

    I trust you and your family are well...
     
  12. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/15415280/funnel-cloud-seen-over-central-oahu

    Have actual pics of this on my daughter's facebook.

    It dissipated before it touched down. There was one back in 2004 that did touch down.

    I'm on an island the size of a frog's hindend. Me no likey tornados---tsunami? check, can handle that, hurricane? check, can handle that, earthquake? check can handle that---but tornado's make me as nervous as a long tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Eeek.
     

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