This paper describes a field program conducted by NOAA and the National Geographic Society in late August 1993 near Key West, Florida. The mission of the expedition was to obtain close-up photographic documentation of waterspouts. Using a NOAA helicopter as an observing platform, the participants dropped flares onto the sea surface to visualize the airflow and filmed waterspouts using a state-of-the art motion picture camera and still cameras. Over a dozen waterspouts/funnel clouds were observed, and the most detailed movies of spray vortices ever taken were obtained.
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 24, 1994
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