Watch as four landspouts form in Puebla, Mexico
Take a look at this!
At least four landspouts hit a Mexican town near Puebla over the weekend.
These images were broadcast by a local station there.
Authorities say nobody was hurt.
The town, San Nicolas Buenos Aires, is 89 kilometers away from the city of Puebla.
So what is a landspout and how does that differ from a tornado?
It looks like a tornado, doesn't it?
Landspouts are technically classified as tornadoes but do not form in a traditional format.
Landspouts are essentially waterspouts over land. (A waterspout is a tornado over water)
They are classified as tornadoes because there is rotation on the ground and up in the cloud.
When winds converge together at the surface and there is a towering cumulus cloud this can create a rotation. The rotation then moves upward due to the thunderstorm pulling warm air up into the cloud (also known as an updraft).
This is different from a typical large supercell thunderstorm that would usually have heavy rain and hail, and then produce a tornado.
Landspouts are commonly weaker than a general tornado but have gotten up to EF-3 strength. (winds of 160mph)