Waterspout off Albany coast

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Camera IconCredit: Picture: Anthony Kowalczyk

A spectacular waterspout formed off Albany on Sunday.

The weather phenomenon was snapped by Anthony Kowalczyk, who was on a helicopter en route to Breaksea Island about 10am.

The spout appeared several kilometres south of King George Sound.

Bureau of Meteorology media manager Neil Bennett said waterspouts formed through windshear.

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“Waterspouts form when the atmosphere can support shower cloud or thunderstorms, and when the winds change speed and/or direction with height — this is known as windshear,” he said.

“If you have one but not the other, then the chances of a waterspout forming are very small.”

Mr Bennett said waterspouts were fairly common in WA waters.

“Winds around the spout can be quite strong, so it’s advisable to give them a reasonably wide berth,” he said.

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