WINK Weather Watchers: Waterspout seen near Sanibel

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Credit: Bryce McKinnon

While out fishing Saturday afternoon, WINK News Viewer Bryce McKinnon and his father, Donald McKinnon, captured a waterspout about 15 miles offshore of Sanibel Island.

Bryce mentioned that the waterspout “seemed to appear out of nowhere” and was seen at 12:08 p.m.

The Weather Authority Meteorologist Lauren Kreidler says, “Waterspouts are essentially tornadoes that develop over water.” The one Bryce sent in was small but well-defined. Waterspouts are typically weaker than tornadoes, though they can produce damaging winds.

Saturday’s afternoon storms produced some offshore activity, leading to heavy downpours capable of producing waterspouts, such as the one caught on camera.

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