Weather Video of the Week: #22, 5/31/20

This week’s video is on several waterspouts that occurred over a lake in the Philippines a few days ago.

Note:  I do not own this video.

I have yet to see a waterspout, even after 40+ tornado intercepts. It’s on my list of cool things to see, but I am rarely in places where waterspouts happen. When I am chasing, I am always avoiding getting boxed in by a lake, and choose my routes to avoid them. Sometime, I may have to chase a hurricane again, or (safely) take the chance by the lake.

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This blog is about my tales in storm chasing. My name is Seth Price and I am an instrumentation instructor at New Mexico Tech. My amateur radio call sign is N3MRA.
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2 Responses to Weather Video of the Week: #22, 5/31/20

  1. I’ve lived along Lake Michigan for several decades but have yet to see one in person. On the other hand, I’m also not a chaser. With my limited understanding of meteorology, I’m told that most waterspouts have more in common with cold core funnels than with rotating super cells.

    Tornadoes do move out over the lake, and I’ve seen tornado warned storms from a distance (on one occasion, a tornado warned storm mid-lake, northbound out of Indiana) but no actual funnels. Either they were not there at the time or they were rain wrapped.

    Storms often move down, south, along the lake shore. Once I heard that one of these had produced a waterspout in Waukegan harbor, so I moseyed out to the local park to see what I could see. When the storm final appeared, there may not have been a waterspout or a tornado, but it had a pretty amazing rotation. I hightailed it back home and made it with a few minutes to spare. It got pretty lively for a few minutes, but no one reported a ‘spout or funnel by then.


    • You are correct with your statement about the cold core funnels. That’s why there are so many on non-severe or borderline-severe storms.

      I was thinking Lake Michigan would be a good place for these. In 2006, I was chasing a system through southern Wisconsin that ended up moving over Lake Erie. We knew we weren’t going to dive south through Chicago to continue the chase, so we punted for the rest of the evening, but I often wonder if there could have been a spot to watch for waterspouts. I think we had to get a long ways south for the next day’s chase, as we ended up driving to central Illinois for the night.

      Thanks for the post.


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