Day 276. Another Fremantle waterspout

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!

5 thoughts on “Day 276. Another Fremantle waterspout

  1. Hi Ben

    I also caught the water spout in Fremantle, from the vantage point of the Duyfken (moored behind Little Creatures). I also captured yesterday’s rainbows.

    Is there anywhere for us regular people to post our stuff, or should we all have our own blogs? I put my half decent photos of rainbows on facebook – when I remember.

    Cheers
    Gaily

    1. Thats great! I was thinking that I might have been the only one to see it apart from some ambivalent fishermen. It was that wrapped up in rain that I didn’t think it was visible from shore. Did you get good pictures?

      I started a blog because I realised that I had taken dozens, maybe hundreds, of photos over the years that I had forgotten about. When I was looking through them I had no idea where they were taken in some cases. And so it began as a way of documenting photos that i took on the day that I took them, and became an impetus to push me to take a photo everyday. Plus if anyone else is interested in seeing them then thats a bonus. Its free (mostly) and easy to start too, and I’m a regular guy (kind of) proving everyday folks can do it.

      If blogs aren’t for you then there’s obviously plenty of other places to post them. I’m beninfreo in Instagram and Flickr, and pasteurfan on twitter. Perthweatherlive on Facebook is a great page if you haven’t come across it already, and would be perfect for putting up photos of the waterspout you took.

      Cheers
      Ben

  2. Hi Ben

    Thanks very much for posting your photos of the water spout. I’d just had breakfast at South Beach and drove to the end of S Mole to feel the rain squall hit. My partner spotted the wedge shape below the cloud and we got very excited as it turned into an actual twister! Neither of us had ever seen one before, and didn’t expect to. For a confirmed skeptic rationalist like myself, it was like experiencing the paranormal!

    I took a few photos with my phone, which were taken very close to the same time and perspective as your photos 3 and 7, so it was great to see how your Canon 5D captured the scene. I’ll definitely check out your Flickr page – mine is martinhealy.

    I’ve only recently got into photography, and have a liking for the grassy coastal dunes and minimalist vistas. Seeing the spout has made me very keen to see (and photograph) more weather and even, with great luck, another twister. Like Gail above, I’d like to share this stuff with other interested locals. Hope to share more with you all some time!

    Cheers
    Martin

  3. Hi Ben

    Thanks very much for posting your photos of the water spout. I’d just had breakfast at South Beach and drove to the end of S Mole to feel the rain squall hit. My partner spotted the wedge shape below the cloud and we got very excited as it turned into an actual twister! Neither of us had ever seen one before, and didn’t expect to. For a confirmed skeptic rationalist like myself, it was like experiencing the paranormal!

    I took a few photos with my phone, which were taken very close to the same time and perspective as your photos 3 and 7, so it was great to see how your Canon 5D captured the scene. I’ll definitely check out your Flickr page – mine is martinhealy.

    I’ve only recently got into photography, and have a liking for the grassy coastal dunes and minimalist vistas. Seeing the spout has made me very keen to see (and photograph) more weather and even, with great luck, another twister. Like Gail above, I’d like to share this stuff with other interested locals. Hope to share more with you all some time!

    Cheers
    Martin

    1. Thanks Martin,
      It’s the third I’ve seen and I want to see more! I’m always on the lookout for stuff like this, and my wife thinks I’m obsessed which is probably true…. My second waterspout I initially saw as exiting Bunnings on the Leach highway. My kids were in the back of the car and thought I’d gone crazy as I tried to find the quickest way to south beach, until they saw what I was chasing! So it’s good to see that others are curious enough to venture out in nasty weather to experience something like a squally rain storm, and are rewarded by seeing something as cool as this!
      I’ll check out your Flickr page too. I like to give everything a go and I’m in to the minimalist, high key black and white seascapes at the moment.
      Happy snapping!
      Ben

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