Fremantle waterspout! This sequence was taken as it moved south-east, from a mile or so in front of the South mole lighthouse towards Cockburn. That makes three now that I’ve seen! This one was more powerful with a much better structure than the one I saw a couple of weeks ago, which was a spindly little fair weather funnel. This was more of a tornadic waterspout and was associated with a strong cold front and storm.
The cold front was expected to move over the south west this morning and I took the dog to the beach for a walk in an attempt to beat the rain. The cells coming in on the radar looked interesting with some heavy rain, and this one moving in from Rottnest island had really dark clouds and looked as though it might produce some lightning so I followed it back towards Fremantle. From the North Mole I could see that scud clouds were forming at its base and there was some rotation (in the first image). So I raced around to the South mole and luckily arrived just in time to see the waterspout to come down. Unfortunately the rain hit seconds later and I had to shelter in my car from a proper deluge, quickly snapping the funnel and getting soaked each time. In some of the pics you can make out the diagonal rain and the final image with the birds as the water gives some idea of the turbulent downfall. I like this last one with the waterspout receding into the distance with the sun reappearing behind it.
Soaked but happy!