On a beautiful, sunny, summer morning, multiple waterspouts formed over Lake Michigan. A small area of clouds produced the waterspouts, yet all around was beautiful sunshine. After a long hike through the Indiana Dunes, we spotted the first waterspout.
The funnel grew longer, and wider until it reached the surface of the lake. While it never appeared to connect the clouds and water, spray could be seen on the lake where the waterspout touched the lake surface.
We watched as more waterspouts formed, and at times, two were visible at once. We counted four separate waterspouts in less than an hour.
Waterspouts are not tornadoes, they are columns of water formed by a vortex over water. Generally associated with thunderstorms, most of the waterspouts I've encountered over the years appeared in good weather.
Posted by Tom Gill at Monday, August 08, 2016