WONDER #2934: What Is a Waterspout?

Question 1 of 3

This Wonder is mostly about . . .

  1. Weather patterns in the Florida Keys
  2. How tornadoes and waterspouts are alike and different.
  3. How cumulus clouds develop.
  4. How waterspouts form.

Question 2 of 3

What evidence shows that fair weather waterspouts are different from tornadoes?

  1. While tornadoes usually form as part of a larger storm, fair weather waterspouts start in calm weather.
  2. Fair weather waterspouts only reach level 0.
  3. The first stage of a waterspout is a dark spot on the surface of the water.
  4. A and B.

Question 3 of 3

How do we know that fair weather waterspouts need warm water to develop?

  1. They are caused by tornadoes.
  2. The waterspout heats up the surrounding water.
  3. They occur in areas where the water temperature is warm.
  4. Scientists have told us so.

Check your answers online at https://www.wonderopolis.org/index.php/wonder/What-Is-a-Waterspout.