Summer storms on Sunday bring water spouts to Beaufort

This image was taken on Sunday morning by Cayley Marissa's father who was out fishing when the storms occurred. Courtesy Cayley Marissa

This image was taken on Sunday morning by Cayley Marissa’s father who was out fishing when the storms occurred. Courtesy Cayley Marissa

Every once in awhile our summer storms here in the Lowcountry bring something bigger along with them. This time around it was a few lower end tornadoes over the water.

At least two water spouts formed off of Hunting, St. Helena & Fripp Islands on Sunday morning. Two monster spouts formed during a nasty period of some really storms created a wild, lasso-like water spout just off of the beaches that were visible to Hilton Head.

It’s a real treat to see one once in awhile,

But, two? 

This image was taken on Sunday morning by Cayley Marissa's father who was out fishing when the storms occurred. Courtesy Cayley Marissa

With the water temperature hovering around 86° and the swiftness of the storms moving in bringing cooler air temperatures along with them, the environment has been ripe for the formation of water spouts.

Several folks sent photos of the sighting, and they’re definitely braver souls than we are. When faced with a tornado barreling down on us…we’d rather run.

OK, so maybe it’s not really a tornado. In the common form, a water spout is a non-supercell tornado over water. While it is often weaker than most of its land counterparts, they can still cause damage if coming ashore, or if they encounter boaters or swimmers in the water. Most waterspouts don’t really even suck up water; they’re just small and weak rotating columns of air over water.

They sure are some amazing phenomena.

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Here’s what the two water spouts looked like off of the coast of Hilton Head Island. Photo courtesy Kathy Thomas

 

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