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Dueling Waterspouts Spotted Dancing in Florida

27 Aug 2015, 11:08 am

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A pair of waterspouts were spotted Thursday morning (8/27/15) off the shore of Cape Coral, FL.

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Waterspouts are not rare, but catching more than one at a single moment is a special site to see. Normally waterspouts are weak in nature and are most often spotted over tropical waters. The are the equivalent to a landspout, just over water. Landspouts and waterspouts vary from tornadoes because they are usually not associated with storm-scale rotation. If a waterspout were to move on shore, it then becomes a landspout or a tornado.

On September 12, 2013 double waterspouts were spotted over Lake Michigan.  So even though waterspouts are typically a tropical like feature they have been spotted in various places.

As the storms fizzle out in Cape Coral and Fort Myers, FL  this morning, redevelopment in thunderstorm activity is likely this afternoon. 

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Tracey Anthony
(Headline photo: Deborah Callahan)

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