Weather Updates

‘Rare’ waterspouts spotted on lake waters

Updated: November 26, 2011 12:31AM

The National Weather Service reported at least six different “rare” waterspout spottings across the Lake Michigan shoreline on Saturday.

Before the weekend, only 13 waterspouts had been reported across Chicago area coastal waters, which runs north through Racine, since 2000. And of those 13, only 12 can be truly classified as similar waterspouts witnessed that day, the National Weather Service said.

As of Saturday evening, at least six different waterspouts were spotted and there is a possibly of more, which are waiting to be confirmed.

The following detail the times and locations for waterspout reports that were called into the National Weather Service in Chicago and Milwaukee:

Multiple reports which have not yet been confirmed east of Waukegan at 7 a.m.

Confirmed report east of Lake Forest and southeast of Naval Station Great Lakes at 10:10 a.m.

Confirmed report of multiple waterspouts witnessed east of McKinley Marina near the Milwaukee lakeshore about 10:14 a.m.

Multiple confirmed reports three to four miles off the shore of the Chicago metro area at at 10:20 a.m.

Confirmed report of periodic waterspouts reported east of the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee at 10:28 a.m.

Confirmed report north of Navy Pier in Chicago at 12:09 p.m.

Confirmed report southeast of Kenosha Harbor in Wisconsin at 3:15 p.m.

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