ROCKY RIVER, Ohio-- Waterspouts are quite the sight! FOX 8 viewer, Bob Surgenor, sent us the video you see in this story of a waterspout shot from the Rocky River pier this morning. He said it was one of five waterspouts that he saw in the span of just 15 minutes.
According to FOX 8 meteorologist Andre Bernier, waterspout season in Northeast Ohio is usually in autumn, when colder air aloft begins arriving from Canada and passes over a very warm Lake Erie.
Under such conditions, small pockets of instability coupled with low friction over the lake causes very small, weak funnels to form (better known as waterspouts).