AccuWeather.com Meteorologist and Social Media Coordinator Jesse Ferrell writes in his blog: "When I saw this photo this morning on Social Media, I couldn't believe it was real."
Ferrell has vetted the photo and says that it is one of dozens of photos of the photogenic waterspout that came on shore north of Tampa, Fla., Monday night (additional photos on Twitter and Facebook from Denis Philips (ABC) and Paul Dellegatto (FOX)). The photo (and video below) was taken by Joey Mole, of Safety Harbor, Fla.
Joey says he had never seen a waterspout before, and neither had his neighbors, who had lived there for 40 years. It made landfall only 250 feet from Joey's dock and went over his neighbor's home, two houses down. Joey says minor damage occurred, including missing shingles and downed trees.
For more about how Ferrell confirmed the photo's authenticity, read the WeatherMatrix Blog.
Storms that brought gusty winds and heavy rainfall to the Upper Midwest on Tuesday will shift eastward to the Ohio Valley into Wednesday evening.
The risk of drenching and locally gusty thunderstorms will expand northwestward over the balance of the week, reaching parts of Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
While the heat wave and high humidity will recede in the Northeast to finish out the week, 90-degree F air may linger in many areas into August.
The Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden is giving travlers a chance to sample weather at various destinations around the world through the use of the Climate Portal.
Over 900 songwriters or singers have written or sung about weather, the most common being Bob Dylan, followed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, according to British researchers, writing in the journal Weather.
Yuma farmers are starting to take measures to protect their livestock and crops amid one of the longest droughts on record in areas of the Southwest, particularly in the Colorado River Basin.
Flooding in SW Connecticut. Bridgeport gets 11.32" of rain, $250,000 damage.
Burlington, NJ (1925)
Large amount of hail fell and remained on the ground for 3 days.
Colorado Springs, Colorado (1978)
A freak thunderstorm dropped damaging hail to a depth of 2 feet. Much of it had to be plowed from the freeway.