A waterspout — a columnar vortex occurring over a body of water, sometimes colloquially referred to as a mini-tornado — was recorded off the coast of Herzliya on Thursday.
The phenomenon is common in early winter as air currents form underneath rain clouds, giving the deceptive appearance of water being lifted to the sky.
The pillar-like shape of the cloud, which is formed by condensation of water vapor, invited Israelis to pun on the the just-ended Operation Pillar of Defense. However, in contrast to the military barrage, it is not known to cause damage, except overturning small vessels, and typically dissipates upon coming across land.
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