A video as well as photos are going viral on the Internet.
The storm photo was captured by Jeremy Kappell, a meteorologist for WDRB television in Louisville, Kentucky.
He was in Florida’s Oldsmar, also known as Old Tampa Baym when he spotted the ominous cloud and got out his camera. Waterspouts occur when temperatures vary between the water and the atmosphere causing a spinning motion in the air.
It’s not quite a tornado, but a close cousin. Waterspouts rarely make it onto shore, but this one was so powerful it actually made landfall and caused substantial property damage. But luckily no one was injured, according to the local ABC news affiliate.
This has been the warmest decade since 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Global surface temperatures in 2011 tied 2005 as the warmest year on record ever.
A doubling of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere would significantly increase the number of days that severe thunderstorms could occur in the southern and eastern United States late this century, according to a new study by Perdue University. In other words, it’s gonna get worse.
The news station capture the waterspout on video. Check it out below and follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest trends.