A rare triple waterspout was spotted and captured on camera on Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans, US on February 23, 2016.
The large central waterspout has two smaller ones spiraling around it.
Video courtesy News24
According to NOAA, there are two main categories of waterspouts, those formed during fair weather and tornadic. Phenomena on the video above is of tornadic type. Such waterspouts behave similarly to land tornadoes, they develop downward and can migrate.
Two or more simultaneous tornadoes can be seen if a new tornado spins up before an existing tornado dies, or if a particularly violent storm creates enough turbulence to produce several vortices. But a true satellite tornado is characterized by a peripheral location and because it orbits a primary tornado, Live Science quoted NOAA's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
In June 2014, twin tornadoes struck the small town of Pilger, Nebraska. SPC reported that such an event was likely to occur only every 10 to 15 years, making this week's Lake Pontchartrain event appear even more rare.
Featured image credit: Triple waterspout on Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans, US. Image via News24