Officials Warn “Dangerous” Waterspouts To Strike Michigan This Week

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Speaking live on WWJ Newsradio 950 on August 3rd, 2020, AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean DeVore warned Michigan residents about dangerous waterspouts coming in the next couple of days.

“We could see a shower or thunderstorm, especially when we get into the afternoon and evening,” Dean explained to WWJ Newsradio 950, according to MSN.

“Any of those could have gusty winds over land and could trigger some waterspouts over the bigger lakes. Watch for that potential later today, especially closer to Detroit.”

A waterspout is an intense tunnel-shaped cloud that occurs over a body of water. As the end of the summer season approaches in Michigan, this weather phenomenon is frequent each year over the Great Lakes.

According to Weather.Gov, the belief that a waterspout is nothing more than a tornado over water is only partially true. Depending on how they form, waterspouts come in two types: tornadic and fair weather.

Tornadic waterspouts begin like tornadoes over land with a thunderstorm and then move out over the water. They are very destructive. Fair weather waterspouts form only over open water. They are usually less dangerous and can last between two to twenty minutes.

Waterspout formations typically occur during the late summer and fall when cold air passes over warm waters of the Great Lakes. The large temperature differences between the warm water and the cold air create the waterspout.

Based on several things such as water temperature and air temperature, the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts the likelihood of waterspouts and issued warnings to the local residents.

What should you do when a waterspouts warning is issued and you live in Michigan next to the Great Lakes?

If you live on a boat or a person living along the coast of the Great Lakes, suggests you should be prepared to quickly seek a safe place or to find a way out of the path of the waterspout. The best source of forecast information according to Weather.Gov is NOAA Weather Radio. It provides continuous forecasts and warnings 24 hours a day.

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