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Weekend waterspout potential on the Great Lakes

Waterspout over Lake Erie near Port Dover, ON Friday
Waterspout over Lake Erie near Port Dover, ON Friday

Staff writers

August 17, 2012 — There's an increased risk of waterspouts forming on the Great Lakes this weekend.

Potential for waterspouts this weekend
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. 

For a closer look at the weekend weather forecast, be sure to check our Ontario Cities Index

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