Check this out: Thunderstorms developing off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida produced a waterspout that was captured on camera by Patrick Martin.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), waterspouts can fall into two categories, depending on the conditions that cause them.
"Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water," NOAA explains. "They have the same characteristics as a land tornado. They are associated with severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent dangerous lightning."
"Fair weather waterspouts usually form along the dark flat base of a line of developing cumulus clouds. This type of waterspout is generally not associated with thunderstorms. While tornadic waterspouts develop downward in a thunderstorm, a fair weather waterspout develops on the surface of the water and works its way upward. By the time the funnel is visible, a fair weather waterspout is near maturity. Fair weather waterspouts form in light wind conditions so they normally move very little."
Based off of the surrounding scenery in Patrick Martin's video -- which shows dark, foreboding skies as well as a few lowering features -- it seems that this waterspout was tornadic and capable of producing quite a bit of damage if it had moved onshore. In addition to tossing items like beach chairs and umbrellas, the waterspout may have been capable of downing some of the palm trees and blowing sand throughout the beach.
In the next few months, as many of us plan trips to the beach, keep in mind that severe weather safety includes taking shelter when a waterspout is spotted. NOAA states that when waterspouts move onshore, the local National Weather Service will issue a tornado warning as the vortex makes its way from water to land.
Patrick Martin was not the only person to spot the waterspout this weekend. Below is a different vantage point of the spout as recorded by Florencia Gonzalez and shared by CBS 12 meteorologist Jeff Berardelli.