Cooler weather brings threat of waterspouts on Great Lakes

Global News

TORONTO – A mix of cooler-than-normal temperatures across southern Ontario and warmer lake conditions is creating conditions that are perfect for waterspouts, or tornadoes over water.

On Tuesday, Environment Canada issued a waterspout watch for Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and southern Lake Huron. The watch is in effect from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

There are two types of waterspouts: tornadic waterspouts and fair-weather waterspouts.

As its name suggests, a tornadic waterspout is spawned from thunderstorms over a body of water. A fair-weather waterspout also forms over water, but occur with cumulus clouds.

GALLERY: Waterspouts
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Southern Ontario is going through a few days with temperatures slightly lower than normal. For example, in St. Thomas, near Lake Erie, usually sees daytime temperatures near 27 C and a low of 16. Instead, St. Thomas is forecast to see a daytime high of near 20 C and a low of…

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