Dubai: Videos and photographs of a waterspout in Suwaiq in northern Oman went viral in the Sultanate as rains across the country brought mercury to sub twenty levels from Monday.
“A member of our forum uploaded pictures as well as [a] video clip and that went viral on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media,” Badar Al Baddaei, who runs http://www.rthmc.net, a website on weather conditions for Oman and the Gulf region, told Gulf News.
“First it was thought to be something like a twister but later people realised that it was waterspout,” he added.
A waterspout usually appears as a funnel-shaped cloud that occurs over a body of water, connected to a cumuliform cloud.
The Al Khuwair area of Muscat witnessed the most intense rains that lasted for almost 15 minutes otherwise it was light rains and drizzle in other parts of the capital.
The rains also fell across the Batinah region but no untoward incident was reported.
The Directorate General of Meteorology and Air navigation (DGMAN) has forecast said that clear to partly cloudy skies with chances of isolated rains were expected over Musandam, Buraimi, Batinah, Dhahirah, Muscat, Dakhliyah, South and North Sharqiyah. The next two days could see chances of isolated rain. Light to moderate winds are expected to keep the temperatures low.