GREAT LAKES (MEDIA GENERAL) — Several waterspouts were spotted on Lake Superior off the coast of Michigan this week, but for weather spotters, water spouts are common during the early fall.
Strong storms off the coast of western New York, Michigan, Ohio and more can be beautiful picture opportunities while they stay far away, however the storms can prove to be dangerous as they near land. One Michigan storm last week neared land and looked powerful enough that the National Weather Service in Marquette issued a tornado warning in the event the waterspout drifted over land, but warnings expired when the storm sputtered out.
Water spouts are most common on the Great Lakes in the early to mid-fall when water temperatures are relatively warm and a cold air mass flows over the water.
Lake Erie water temperatures were around 60 degrees on Friday with the air temperatures fluctuating between 53 and 37 degrees.