Multiple waterspouts were seen churning over Lake Michigan Friday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The NWS says public reports began coming in during the late morning around 10:30 a.m. CDT with waterspouts seen into the early afternoon from near Milwaukee, Wisc. to near Port Sheldon, Mich.
Weather conditions were ripe for waterspouts as very warm lake waters combined with cooler unstable air with passing showers and thunderstorms over the area.
The NWS issued several marine statements warning of the potential for waterspouts due to the favorable conditions.
Fortunately, none of the waterspouts reached the shores and there were no reports of injuries.
Several people were able to snap great photos of the somewhat rare event with double waterspouts captured near the Michigan coast.
While not as common on the Great Lakes, waterspouts can commonly be seen along the Gulf Coast region of the U.S.
An outbreak of waterspouts were seen just off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama earlier this year in May. One of the waterspouts actually made landfall as a tornado in Grand Isle, causing significant damage.
Earlier this month, waterspouts were captured off the Louisiana and Alabama coasts.
Very moist and unstable tropical air masses from the Gulf typically lead to favorable atmospheric conditions conducive for the formation of short-lived funnel clouds and or waterspouts, especially when associated with tropical storms and or hurricanes.