Waterspout spotted in Orange Beach

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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.

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.

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