Mini Pond Tornados

On my daily commute to work, I pass a number of small, man-made ponds that ducks and geese frequent. For actually being basically runoff drainage ditches, they’re kind-of nice. I like ’em.

Around this time of year when the days are still warm but the nights are getting cooler, the ponds will steam in the morning – which looks cool in and of itself. But every once in a while, you’ll get a glimpse of what I call ‘pond tornado’s.’ This difference in temperature causes air to move. Add in some angular momentum and you get a tornado! For me, they’re a delight to see first thing in the morning while I try to prepare myself for the day. Only about a basketball’s size in width and about 5 feet tall, they dance and wiggle translucently inches above the water. They’re almost magical. They remind me of wisps of legend…
I need to get a picture of them…

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