Potential for waterspouts this weekend
For the second weekend in a row, all the ingredients are there for what could be quite the scene on the Great Lakes.
"We've got cool air, warm water and weak surface winds," says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "The result will be tornadic characteristics over large bodies of water, also known as waterspouts."
Essentially, a waterspout
is a "tornado over water", but it is not always a threat to safety. Sometimes, it can move ashore and become a tornado on land, but most remain over open bodies of water.
Conditions will be ripe for waterspouts over Lake Huron and Georgian Bay Saturday, and eastern Lake Ontario Sunday.
Despite the forecast, Dillon says anyone living in the Great Lakes basin shouldn't be concerned about the risk of waterspouts this weekend.
"Unless you're going to be boating in the middle of the lake, there's no reason to worry," he says.