Friday, August 21st 2020, 5:21 pm - From August 16 - 19th, 88 waterspouts were spotted over the Great Lakes, breaking a world record.
From August 16 - 19th, 88 waterspouts hit Lakes Michigan, Erie, and Ontario, making it the densest waterspout occurrence over the Great Lakes, according to the International Centre for Waterspout Research.
There was an indication that this new world record could occur as the waterspout season started off aggressively earlier this month (First waterspout outbreak of 2020 hits the Great Lakes).
Check out why so many waterspouts appeared this season and some of the incredible coverage below.
WHAT'S WITH ALL THE WATERSPOUTS?
"Warmer-than-normal lake temperatures due to a very hot July, combined with cool temperatures and light winds are the perfect atmospheric conditions for many waterspouts to form," explains Weather Network meteorologist Melinda Singh.
Waterspouts are the most common during late summer early fall, when the lake temperatures are still relatively warm, meaning the recent outbreak is happening right on schedule.
IN PHOTOS: WATERSPOUTS HIT THE GREAT LAKES
VIDEO: HERE'S WHY WATERSPOUTS FORM OVER THE GREAT LAKES
Waterspout north of New Haven, NY— Peter Hall (@PeteWeatherBeat) August 18, 2020
📸 - Beth Anne pic.twitter.com/t7JOs1l5Y9
Waterspouts over Georgian Bay at Christian Island this morning (via Kris Kralka) pic.twitter.com/mpqjTI2vBa— Kim MaskDonald (@KMacTWN) August 18, 2020
Wicked Waterspout: Counted five waterspouts that emerged in approximately 10-15 minutes time along Lake Ontario in Oswego, NY this morning—none bigger than this one. @spann @alroker @JimTeskeNC9 @wxbywilliams @JimCantore @StephanieAbrams @mikebettes @StormHour @GarofaloWX pic.twitter.com/8LpPwzBbhD— John Kucko (@john_kucko) August 18, 2020
It was spinning like a top but just wouldn't make contact.— Chris Knox Photography (@ChrisKnox413) August 18, 2020
Lake Ontario at Grafton, Ontario#onstorm #onwx #shareyourweather@weathernetwork @ICWR @environmentca @StormHour @StormhunterTWN pic.twitter.com/fGcbpgkRjc
Monday saw multiple sightings of waterspouts swirling across Lake Huron in southern Ontario, and reports of more are already coming in this morning. Have you seen one? 🌪💦 #ShareYourWeather #ONwx pic.twitter.com/ztuPy4DFEw— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) August 18, 2020
With files from Cheryl Santa-Maria