Crazy Weather Causes Tornado in Buenos Aires


(Picture: Francisca Steverlynck for La Nacion.) In the middle of a crazy-weather week with unstoppable rain and flooding in various areas of Buenos Aires, two waterspouts (tornado-like shapes over water) formed yesterday over the Rio de la Plata River, 200 meters from the coast. A very rare phenomenon for the area that left locals amazed and wondering.

Even though local press and specialists did not link the event to climate change, it happened after one of the hottest summers in history and it was the second rare incident related to Buenos Aires weather in less than a year. The previous was the first snowfall in almost 90 years, which took place last July (our coverage here).

Keep reading for more.As this took the city by surprise, local specialists are still studying what caused the waterspouts and little information was given about the phenomenon. According to the national meteorologic center, Buenos Aires actual weather has to do with, "A low pressure system located in the north of Uruguay that keeps generating rain and some storms with constant wind from east and west at 25 to 50 Km/h."

Climate specialist Osvaldo Canciani added in talk with C5N TV station that, "Waterspouts are formed from huge amounts of energy that destabilize the atmosphere and generate enormous clouds. They are produced when winds are prevalently from the Southwest."

Yesterday's generated 40 Km/h winds, and even though they were very near from boats they left no injured people or incidents. "If this had happened in the city, it would have provoked tremendous disasters," Canciani stated.

Truth is that weather in Buenos Aires keeps breaking the news. After the mentioned snowfall last July, the ending summer was one of the hottest in history. Temperatures reached over 38ºC, which is around 100ºF; when average is 23ºC or 73ºF and very hot days are usually 32ºC or 89ºF.

Stories on the waterspouts (all in Spanish):
::La Nacion newspaper ::Clarin ::Infobae ::El Bolson web


Another sighting of the tornado-like shapes in Buenos Aires (picture: Eduardo Abrecht for La Nacion.)

The furious rain has caused flooding in Buenos Aires (picture: Marcelo Omar Gomez for La Nacion.)