Waterspouts form on Lake Superior

A waterspout on Lake Superior near Marquette on Oct. 15, 2015.

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WOOD) — Several waterspouts were spotted on Lake Superior off the coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula between Munising and Marquette on Thursday.

A storm near Northern Michigan University (pictured above) was close enough to 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 that never happened.

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 Superior water temperatures near Marquette were 55 degrees on Thursday afternoon and the air temperature was in the upper 40s for a period.

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