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[View the story "Photos: California Storm Hits Coast with Waterspouts" on Storify]Photos: California Storm Hits Coast with WaterspoutsThe cold air brought in by last week's storm in California, over summer-warmed ocean waters, caused a few waterspouts on Thursday and FridayStorified by Accu Weather · Sat, Oct 13 2012 12:14:06Here's picture I took of what looks like funnel cloud / water spout near Seal Beach this morning http://pic.twitter.com/ASmg0AekChip YostThe cold air brought in by last week's storm in California, over summer-warmed ocean waters, caused a few waterspouts on Thursday and Friday. A waterspout was sighted Friday morning by Long Beach Airport, about 10 miles to southeast of the airport. Around the same time, Fox affiliate KTTV-11 spotted a waterspout near shore of Sunset Beach in Orange County.Waterspouts are short-lived tornado-like funnels that form over water, due in part to tremendous differences in temperatures well up the atmosphere and on the water surface.Waterspouts are commonplace during this time of year. Cold air moving over the warm ocean waters causes the atmospheric instability that forms waterspouts. Water temperatures are usually at their peak following the summer months. The greater the difference between the water temperature and the air aloft the more unstable conditions and the stronger the waterspout potential.While a natural balancing act between air and water temperatures tends to take place rather quickly as we head deeper into the autumn months, waterspouts are typical deep into October.From the OC Register:"'There's been a few water spouts and heavy showers parallel to most of the Orange County coast line,' said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Watkins. 'Everything's dissipating this afternoon. It should be a nice sunny weekend.''We didn't have any significant winds, but there was one small squall that left us with a lot of rain,' Newport Beach lifeguard John Moore. 'Other than that, it's been pretty normal and we had one water spout about three and a half to four miles off shore.'"Water spout spotted in NewportAt least one water spout was spotted along the Orange County coast on Friday, but the storm moved on and forecasters expect sunny skies t...Waterspouts are often awe-inspiring when viewed from a safe place onshore, but sometimes they can be destructive.Mariners should always treat every waterspout seriously since they can easily toss about vessels like toys. Rarely, significant damage can occur if they move inland.#waterspout#clouds#weather#storm#beach#california#all#instagramhubD.C.
Storified by Accu Weather · Sat, Oct 13 2012 12:14:06
Downpours and locally severe thunderstorms over the Central states will not only foil holiday weekend activities, but will also put some lives at risk.
A few days after a chilly storm departs the Northeast, warm weather will make a strong comeback in parts of the Midwest and the East later next week.
Another plunge of chilly air will set the stage for the risk of a frost and freeze centered Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and other nearby states this weekend.
During Sunday's race, the skies will be variably cloud with the risk of a few showers.
This holiday weekend, a rare astronomical phenomenon will occur that will not be seen again until October 2015.
Thunderstorms continue to drench San Antonio, Texas, and are producing widespread flooding.
Udall, KS (1955)
This town 25 southeast of Wichita was destroyed
by a tornado; 80 people dead.
Iowa City, IA (1859)
Waterspout; 8 killed, one child was taken up,
carried 500 yards and thrown in a slough
Tornado swarm in Iowa, Illinois and Michigan;