Waterspouts over Lake Michigan

Funnel Clouds over North Manitou

This photo is a detail of this photo. Cherie Scott had a spectacular picture of one of these waterspouts that you can see in the Enterprise – click to check it out!

You can see more photos of waterspouts on Lake Michigan from NOAA, where they explain:

Waterspouts are somewhat common over the Great Lakes in the Fall season. Waterspouts in the fall occur when colder air above the surface moves over the still relatively warmer waters of Lake Michigan. Most waterspouts that occur in this type of scenario typically occur under plain showers and are much weaker than their summer counterparts. This fall type of waterspout is different from waterspouts associated with thunderstorms. They also form differently than waterspouts associated with thunderstorms.