A unique weather phenomenon occurred this afternoon (Saturday, 6 August 2016), prominently visible to anyone in the College and the nearby areas of Marine Parade and Siglap. The phenomenon in question is a waterspout, which formed over the sea at East Coast Park. The Victorian Press was first alerted to the phenomenon at around 4pm in the afternoon. While located near to VJC, the waterspout is actually visible to anyone with a clear view of the southern coast of Singapore.

Although it looks like a tornado, it is not one and does not pose any danger to Victorians. According to this quote from NEA:

A waterspout is a weather phenomenon usually observed under cumuliform clouds during intense weather conditions associated with thunderstorms. Due to the lower pressure conditions under the clouds in such conditions, one or two columns of water can be sucked towards the base of the clouds, giving the traditional picture of a funnel. While the thin column or funnel appears to be sucking water up, it is actually water droplets in a rotating vortex of air. As the air rotates and rises, the humid air cools and vapour condenses, making the whirling mass visible.

The waterspout this time likely formed due to the weather, as heavy rains and thunder were observed around Singapore today, including at East Coast Park, adjacent to VJC. While the waterspout itself is not dangerous, and will not “suck up everything in sight” like a tornado does, Victorians in the area are still reminded to take caution as waterspouts and such phenomena are often accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain.

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For more information on waterspouts, see the official NEA webpage on them at http://www.nea.gov.sg/training-knowledge/weather-climate/waterspouts/.

Ryan Ch’ng, 16S47

[Main picture by Song Chenxu, 16S47; additional picture via Ryan Ch’ng]

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