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Great Lakes Waterspouts: Dozens Spotted from New York, Michigan and Southern Canada (Photos, Video)

By Jess Baker
Published: October 25, 2013

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Weather Channel Facebook fan Ray Grela says this waterspout appeared over Lake Ontario on Sunday, Oct. 20. He took this photo from Oswego, NY.

Fall weather arrived in the Great Lakes with a splash of drama this week. Not only did parts of the region see its first snowfall of the season, but spotters have been reporting a slew of waterspouts across the Great Lakes all week.

According to the International Centre for Waterspout Research (ICWR), at least two waterspouts were reported on Lake Ontario near Oswego, N.Y. on Thursday. ICWR says that marks the seventh day in a row waterspouts were reported on the Great Lakes.

Michael J. Gresham/Facebook

Weather Channel Facebook fan Michael J. Gresham photographed this waterspout over Lake Michigan Wednesday.

Sunday, Oct. 20 reportedly set a record, with spotters documenting 67 Great Lakes waterspouts, according to Canada's Welland Tribune.

"Waterspouts are actually quite common in the Great Lakes in the fall," explains weather.com senior meteorologist Jon Erdman. "Deep, cold air moving over the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes provides the instability needed."

(MORE: 6 Things You Didn't Know About Waterspouts)

The YouTube video below by user rrussny3 shows a waterspout forming Thursday over Lake Ontario from Oswego, N.Y. Scroll to the forty-second mark to see the best footage.

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