According to a Sun-Times report out of Chicago on Thursday, there were two water spouts that initiated over Lake Michigan near the western side of the body of water near Kenosha, Wisconsin which is just north of the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Besides people watching the most-unusual sight and photo-fanatics pausing to take some photos and videos of the event, some called local police expressing concern about what they were seeing.
The unusual event of nature happened at about 1:00 p.m. on Thursday when the water spouts formed and quickly moved southeast over Lake Michigan. Mother Nature’s interesting show lasted some-15 minutes before dissipating much further south – leaving no damage or injury in its path – on land or to boats and boaters on the waters of the lake, according to reports.
During the brief event, Kenosha sounded tornado sirens – as that is basically what a water spout is – to alert citizens in case the high winds came to land. Also, a warning was issued - from Kenosha County all the way south to Cook County where Chicago is located – for boaters on the lake.
Gino Izzi, a National Weather Service meteorologist said that water spouts will happen during this time of year – if they are going to occur. He said that a cold front moving southeast along the shoreline produced thunderstorms which ended up producing, essentially, a tornado when they moved over the lake. He claimed that it is rare that water spouts move inland from the water, but it can happen. When they move inland, they cause a threat much like a tornado would.
The last water spouts viewed in the Chicago area were two years ago – on Sept. 9, 2011 – when one could see them from Chicago’s Navy Pier on the near north side of the city along Lake Michigan.
Later, severe weather warnings were being broadcast late into the evening on Thursday from Kenosha, Wisconsin down to Kankakee, Illinois.