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Landspout

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Landspouts vs. tornadoes: What's the difference?

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Landspout and Tornado, What's the Difference?

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Dramatic "landspout" tornado near Loraine, Texas

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Flagler, CO Multiple Close Range Landspout Tornadoes - 5/28/2018

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Amazing Landspout Tornado Caught on Video

A landspout is a term coined by meteorologist Howard B. Bluestein in 1985 for a kind of tornado not associated with a mesocyclone. The Glossary of Meteorology defines a landspout as"Colloquial expression describing tornadoes occurring with a parent cloud in its growth stage and with its vorticity originating in the boundary layer. The parent cloud does not contain a preexisting mid-level mesocyclone. The landspout was so named because it looks like "a weak Florida Keys waterspout over land."
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