Rare natural phenomenon: 5 Waterspouts on Lake Michigan

A photographer captured five simultaneous waterspouts over Lake Michigan Saturday, August 19, 2012.

A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water, connected to a cumuliform cloud. In the common form, it is a non-supercell tornado over water.

Waterspouts do not suck up water; the water seen in the main funnel cloud is actually water droplets formed by condensation.

Source: associatedpress

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