Lake Michigan waterspouts were spotted out on the stormy lake this Thursday, and though they caused no damage and posed almost no threat to passerby, they did elicit public awe at the sight of the towering funnels. UPI reports this Friday, Sept. 13, that two waterspouts looking not unlike tornadoes out on Lake Michigan lasted about 15 minutes and left people wondering just how these weather phenomena form.
A Lake Michigan waterspout would certainly be a sight to see (from a safe distance, at least), and that’s what quite a few people managed to catch this week when two spouts formed on Lake Michigan during the stormy weather. These waterspouts are known to form relatively commonly on the Great Lakes during the autumn season while cold air continues to blow over still-warm lake water. Waterspouts, fortunately, are almost always far less devastating and dangerous than tornadoes on land can be.
This Thursday’s showing touched down not far from Lake Michigan’s western coast, a ways north of the city of Chicago. No damage was caused by the Lake Michigan waterspouts, though local police departments did receive warning calls from the public who feared the towering figures.
“We did get a number of calls from people who wanted to know what was going on,” said Kenosha, Wisc., Police Capt. Tom Hansche in a statement this Thursday.
Classes of students in Kenosha school districts were initially following emergency weather precautions following the arrival of the two waterspouts, but after they died out in less than 20 minutes, classes then resumed.
Raw footage of the twin waterspouts can be seen in the attached video.
Have you ever spotted one of these Lake Michigan waterspouts? A powerful Tampa cyclone made headlines this July as well. Feel free to input your thoughts and comments in the section below. Thank you.