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Water Spout on Lake Ontario in Oswego

We don’t get too many tornadoes around here in Upstate New York (thank God), but the lakes occasionally do get waterspouts. During a swirling lake-effect weather pattern over Lake Ontario early this morning, a waterspout formed, and was photographed by some astute passers by!

U.S. Coast Guard photo shows a water spout located on Lake Ontario. The picture was taken from U.S. Coast Guard station in Rochester by Petty Officer 1st Class Eamon McCormack. Other water spouts were spotted in other counties on the lake. “Although (a water spout) looks like a tornado and it has rotating winds like a tornado, it’s not as strong as a tornado,” meteorologist Mike Pukajlo said last week. “As soon as they hit land, they dissipate.”

This photo is courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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