DISCUSSION: While many people across parts of Central Europe and the Great Plains region of the U.S. are more used to experiencing various forms of severe weather phenomena in the presence of air mass clashes which creates a battleground of air masses, there are a variety of different atmospheric set-ups which are conducive for generating increased threats for severe weather. That being said, as quoted by the staff of the Meteo Europe page on Facebook "A cold pool lies currently centered over Mediterranean and Tunisia caused thunderstorms. In combination with still relatively warm sea-water and an upper-level cool air mass generated a more favorable environment for waterspout development." As they stated in this very operationally-useful quote, they nailed the important secondary type of atmospheric environment which is also quite conducive for the generation of severe weather events. That is, when there is a colder air mass traversing across a fairly warm body of water which is precisely what unfolded across parts of the Mediterranean (i.e., specifically across areas offshore from Malta) as well as areas offshore from coastal sections of South-Central Europe!
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~Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz