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This week: a pretty common but sometimes scary looking sight on Lake Erie.

As the seasons start changing again, the atmosphere becomes a little more turbulent. Waves of cool air will make their scheduled return to Western New York, but Lake Erie’s water temperatures will hover around their summer levels for a little bit longer. That combination can create the perfect conditions for waterspouts.

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The difference in temperature between the warm lake water and cooler air is one of the major drivers in waterspout formation.

There are two different types of waterspouts: tornadic and fair-weather. The first of those two tend to be more violent, but fortunately for our area, less common too. 

In this week’s episode of Heather’s Weather Whys, Heather explains how that second type of ‘spout forms on the Great Lakes this time of year.

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