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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
A blast of arctic air will be accompanied by flurries and even a localized wall of snow in some communities in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest at the start of the Valentine's Day weekend.
Spring of 2016 could rank in the top 10 warmest on record for Canada.
The coldest air of the winter will plunge southward across much of the eastern United States and will feature single-digit and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast during Valentine's Day weekend.
A multi-vehicle accident involving cars and tractor-trailers occurred amid snowy weather and caused the shutdown of Interstate 90 in Lake County, Ohio on Wednesday afternoon.
Conditions will be favorable for lake-effect snow through the end of the week, threatening low visibility and dangerous travel conditions.
As winter weather approaches, concern for pet safety grows. Make sure you know these useful tips.
Baltimore City, MD (1899)
-6 degrees, latest zero degree reading on re-
cord. (11th-14th) 35.2" of snow, record 1
Washington, D.C. (1899)
-15 F., all time record low (3rd day in a row
at least -7 F.
Tallahassee, FL (1899)
(11th-14th) During an arctic outbreak temps
fell to -2 F., the lowest ever registered in
the sunshine state.