Waterspouts are generally a warm-season phenomenon, appearing over large bodies of water like Lake Superior. Saturday afternoon (December 7), multiple cold air waterspouts were spotted near Knife River, north of Duluth on the Minnesota North Shore.
With today's occurrence of a waterspout near Park Point on Lake Superior, social media is abuzz with questions like "What is a waterspout?" or "Why do waterspouts occur?" Here's a quick guide into those questions and more.
Just after 11am this morning the National Weather Service warned about the possibly of waterspouts forming over Lake Superior and not long after social media blew up with multiple reports of the rare sighting.