Karen Buzbee took to twitter to share pictures of a waterspout she spotted at Orange Beach Tuesday afternoon. This photo is one among many, as beachgoers snapped pictures of the waterspout spinning offshore.
— Karen (GiGi) Buzbee (@kbuzbee1) September 27, 2016
While this picture was taken down at the coast, it was just over a month ago that a waterspout was seen here in the Tennessee Valley.
There are two types of waterspouts: Tornadic and fair weather. This one is likely a fair weather waterspout.
Fair weather waterspouts form over the water, usually starting from the water and connecting with a developing cumulus cloud. They usually move very little and form in light winds.
A tornadic water spout is a tornado that either develops over water, or develops over land and moves over water.