Lake Michigan Waterspouts Form Off Wisconsin: See Raw Video Of Giant Funnels [PHOTO, VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on September 13, 2013 3:25 PM EDT

Lake Michigan Waterspouts
Lake Michigan waterspouts loom off the coast of Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo: YouTube / Associated Press)

Stunning Lake Michigan waterspouts were recorded on video off Wisconsin's city of Kenosha. Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over bodies of water. A pair of Lake Michigan waterspouts merged into one large funnel before splitting again, created large funnel clouds that were discovered just miles off the shore.

According to reports, the Lake Michigan waterspouts were identified at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. According to a U.S. National Weather Service meteorologist , weather conditions at the time were ideal for waterspout formations. A thunderstorm and a northeastern wind front sends cool air to pass over the warm waters of Lake Michigan. The mixing of the two temperatures agitate the moist air to form a vortex of condensation.

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"This is an explosively unstable atmosphere," WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling said. "They would be formidable tornadoes and you wouldn't want to get too close." The Lake Michigan waterspouts sun as fast as 80 mph.

Thankfully, the Lake Michigan waterspouts did not cause any trouble for boaters nor did eat reach land. Kenosha Police Lt. Brad Kemen said no damages caused by the waterspouts have been reported. Boaters were urged to seek safe harber immediately when the Lake Michigan waterspouts were identified.

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