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Rare Winter Waterspout Spotted in Michigan

It’s not every day that you have Lake Effect Snow AND a waterspout over the same lake!

On Saturday near Peshawbestown, Michigan, James and Jen Lawson captured this photo of this uncommon sight over the Grand Traverse Bay.

But in order for a “winter waterspout” to form, you have to have all the ingredients come together perfectly.

When cold, brisk air moves over warmer waters of an unfrozen lake, you get a contrast in temperatures and an unstable atmosphere.

This creates rising motion, and with just enough spin or “shear,” a waterspout can form.

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For WeatherNation, I’m Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo



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