Waterspouts spotted off the Louisiana coast

Posted at 7:57 PM, Aug 01, 2018

A waterspout was seen today in the Gulf of Mexico near Marsh Island and Cote Blanche. 

Two viewers in the area snapped a photo and some video of the large waterspout. A photo sent to KATC by Todd LeBlanc captured the funnel from the Cote Blanche area. 

Two videos, provided by Sean Arceneaux were captured near Marsh Island. 

As always here is a bit about this weather phenomenon:

According to NOAA, Waterspouts fall into two categories, fair weather, and tornadic waterspouts. 

"Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water or move from land to water. They are associated with severe thunderstorms and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent dangerous lightning," The NOAA says.

"Fair weather waterspouts usually form along the dark flat base of a line of developing cumulus clouds. This type of waterspout is generally not associated with thunderstorms. Fair weather waterspouts form in light wind conditions so they normally move very little."

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