Seeing one tornado is rare enough. This May 2020 video, however, was a high five.

Televisa correspondent Morán de la Mora shared this amazing video of multiple landspout tornadoes on May 1, 2020 in Mexico’s Puebla state, between Mexico City and Veracruz. As one meteorologist replied, there were actually five landspout tornadoes at once.

Landspout tornadoes aren’t associated with supercells, but occur when a growing thunderstorm’s rising air vertically stretches spin along a boundary of convergent winds.

In this case, there were multiple thunderstorms/ growing along such a boundary, leading to this incredible sight of five landspouts.

How Are Landsprouts formed?

In 1985, a meteorologist named Howard B. Bluestein coined the name “Landspout.” Landspouts are similar to waterspouts in their mechanism and resemblance. That is the reason so many people get confused in differentiating a Landspout tornado from a waterspout tornado. They both include in the category of tornadoes. However, there are specific characteristics that distinguish Landspout from other tornadoes. As it gets clear from its name that it emerges near the land or surface where the winds are converging. These tornadoes have flat bases and fluffy, cotton-like appearance.

In the formation, Landspouts are similar to waterspouts except they occur over the land surface. They also formed when there is no sign of a thunderstorm. Not all Landspouts are visible to people. Moreover, Landspouts are thin, and rope-like in appearance instead of funnel shape like waterspouts does. People often confused Landspouts with other tornadoes.

A Landspout classified as a tornado type but certainly, it is different from a tornado. For example, Tornadoes are made up from supercell thunderstorms. The thunderstorms have mesocyclones, which are rotating updrafts. They are strong enough to stretch inside a thunderstorm, a spinning column of air that can reach the Earth surface. Once it makes contact on the ground, a tornado forms. Whereas, a Landspout is not made up of supercell thunderstorms. The convergence of surface boundaries and thunderstorm updraft forms the circulation. The circulation then pulled it in an upward direction to the base of the thunderstorm.

In simple words, the tornado always formed from top to down, funnel cloud goes down to the ground but the Landspout always formed as the bottom up. When there is a converging air on the sides of the boundary, Landspouts starts forming.

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