Phenomenon that seemed like a waterspout spotted in Clementi on Tuesday morning

A waterspout, a rotating column of air that occurs naturally over bodies of water, spotted in Clementi on Oct 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: CHIA PAK YUEN
A waterspout, a rotating column of air that occurs naturally over bodies of water, spotted in Clementi on Oct 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: CHIA PAK YUEN

SINGAPORE - A phenomenon that seemed like a waterspout was spotted in Clementi on Tuesday morning.

Freelance photographer Chia Pak Yuen, 57, snapped a photo of the sighting when he saw it from his kitchen window in Clementi Ave 5 at about 6.30am.

"I saw it moving and it was so beautiful," said the self-professed nature lover, adding that the phenomenon lasted for only about five minutes.

"I'd only seen it in books, never in real life."

Waterspouts are rotating columns of air that occur over water bodies. Usually appearing as funnel-shaped clouds, most are weak rather than tornadic in nature.

These vortices are sighted quite frequently in Singapore.

Earlier this year, users of citizen journalism website Stomp reported sightings at Khatib, Pasir Ris and East Coast Park.

Last year, waterspouts were spotted in Woodlands, Kranji, Serangoon, Tuas and Jurong Island. In 2009, some were also seen at East Coast Park, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and on Pulau Ubin.

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