The tornado’s funnel began forming in the dark clouds

Tornado, with the emphasis on the a – tornaaado – they said when they spotted the funnel coming out of the clouds. A tornado, or waterspout, was forming over the Pacific Ocean, off the shores of Casares, Nicaragua.

It was just like you see in the movies – the spout started in the sky, slowly eked its way down to the ocean.

We watched the tornado form in the  beginning and watched it dissipate into nothingness. Quite amazing!

The owner of Hotel Casino had come up to my room to tell me there was an advertising firm making a film for a Moviestar commercial. He wanted me to come down and take some pictures of the film makers that were on the shore just outside the hotel.

I shut down my computer and grabbed my camera. Down the stairs I bounded, not having any idea what I was going to see.

The film crew was at work, oblivious to the weather. Serious looking clouds were in the sky, but nobody seemed to mind. I know from experience that with those types of clouds, one should pay attention to them!


Film crew outside the hotel

While I was taking a few pictures, one of the film crew came up to me.

“You cannot publish the pictures on the Internet, until the ad’s approved by Moviestar.”, she told me. “Once the ad’s approved, you can publish your pictures.”

I asked about the pictures of the people taking the pictures, “Would those be all right to put up?”

She was about to answer, when somebody yell, “Tornado!”

Looking around the dark, blue skies, I spotted it. It was just forming the funnel in the sky, and the spout was working its way down to the ocean. I was watching the birth of a tornado!


As quickly as the tornado formed, the funnel for the tornado quickly dissipated back into the dark clouds that it came out of.

The film crew did not seem bothered at all by the tornado or weather. They watched the tornado for a bit, and back to filming they went. A band being filmed for Moviestar – that was the reason for their being on the beach. That is what they were going to do!


Film crew that was making the ad for Moviestar

I was still amazed at the weather that was rolling in. Big dark clouds were rolling towards the ocean. An interesting scene.

The water that forms the clouds comes from Lake Nicaragua as it evaporates, to the east, in the summertime. As the heat of the day increases, the evaporation escalates. As the clouds form, they head to the Pacific Ocean and Casares.


As the storm front moved out over the ocean, calmness returned to the area. The clouds dispersed and the sea calmed down.


All the excitement for the day was over.

No rain, but a tornado and a film crew to photograph. Fun time, indeed!

What a great way to spend an afternoon in Casares, Nicaragua.

Cheers for now.

About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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7 Responses to The tornado’s funnel began forming in the dark clouds

  1. David says:

    Wow… What a sky! (and great pictures)

    How far was the tornado?

  2. John Wilson says:

    Hi David,
    Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment
    Tough to tell – it wasn’t close – it was way out in the ocean. It was no danger to anyone on the shore.
    I was the first time in my life I say a tornado from beginning to end – it went back up, came back down.
    You can see in the pics the water it was thrashing around.
    Thanks for the compliment on the pictures – greatly appreciated.
    Hope to see you again soon
    Play nice and travel safely.
    John D. Wilson

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  4. stevie says:

    Wow! Amazing shots! As a born and bred California girl, I’ve never seen a tornado up close and personal like that. How thrilling!

  5. John Wilson says:

    Hi Stevie,
    Yeah, it was cool – from a good distance, as you can tell by the pictures.
    I would have really disliked being close to the base of that thing.
    From afar, quite a wonderful look at the power of Mother Nature.
    Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment – greatly appreciated.
    John D. WIlson

  6. Gar says:

    Great shots. Believe me, that is as close as you ever want to get to a tornado. I was in a house that was hit by one in 2008. The house (and 50 others in the little town) were completely destroyed. It killed seven people. I was very lucky. It took me over an hour to dig my way out but only had a scratch on one leg.

  7. John Wilson says:

    Hi Gar,
    That’s an amazing story.
    And yes, that is about as close to a tornado as I want to get.
    Great that you lived through the tornado- have a story to tell for the rest of your ilife!
    John D. Wilson

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