Parts of central and eastern Mediterranean, including the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean seas, have seen a number of waterspouts in the past few days. The area has been under the influence of a cold core upper low, slowly translating SE-wards. Warm sea surface temperatures in the 24-26 °C across the region combined with cold mid levels to produce high low level temperature lapse rates. In the absence ob shear the conditions were very favourable for waterspouts.
Possibly by the most spectacular were yesterdays Arglasti / Paltsi beach waterspouts, which we already reported on here. Another exceptional waterspout was observed in Orebić, Pelješac Island (Croatia) in the north Adriatic sea on July 13. Many more waterspouts have been seen and reported. Take a look a the gallery below – enjoy.
Orebić, Pelješac Island (Croatia, north Adriatic) waterspout on July 13. Source: Andrea Šain via Crometeo
Closer view of the Orebić, Pelješac Island (Croatia, north Adriatic) waterspout on July 13. Source: Andrea Šain via Crometeo
Arglasti / Paltsi beach, Greece waterspouts on July 15 (click for full report). Source: Evagelia Dianellaki via our partner Stavros Dafis.
Multiple impressive waterspouts offshore Cattolica / Gabicce Mare on July 10. Source: Niccolo Ubalducci – Osservatorio Meteorologico di Cattolica e Gabicce Mare Lots of other great weather photos by Niccolo, take a look at his page!
Waterspout offshore Preveza, Lefkada, Greece on July 15. Source: Stathis Delimaris via our partner Stavros Dafis.
Waterspout offshore Pula, Istra (Croatia, north Adriatic). Photo: Sendi Smoljo via Crometeo.
Waterspout offshore Pula, Istra (Croatia, north Adriatic). Photo: Toni Abramović via Crometeo.
Waterspout offshore Mola di Bari (Puglia, SE Italy) on July 15. Photo: Rocco Lepore via Meteopuglia
Waterspout offshore Monopoli (Puglia, SE Italy) on July 15. Photo: Fabio Ostuni via Meteopuglia
Distant waterspout in the Strait of Messina, SW Italy on July 14. Photo: Fabrizio Micalizzi via MeteoWeb.eu
Distant waterspout offshore Preveza, Lefkada, Greece on July 15. Photo: our partner Stavros Dafis
To top it off, Croatian storm chaser Entoni Novosel spotted this tornado on a nearly stationary supercell near Pula, Croatia on Monday morning. The tornado is visible on the far right of the image, below the wall cloud. Note the clear RFD cut.
Supercell with tornado near Pula, Croatia on July 14. Photo: Entoni Novosel