Waterspout Courtesy: Report!t submmission
Updated: Wednesday, 09 May 2012, 1:04 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 09 May 2012, 12:12 PM CDT
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WALA) - FOX10 viewers Jared Lynde, Justin Turner, Jessica Bosarge and Jennifer spotted several waterspouts off the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama Wednesday around 11:45 a.m. They stretched from Pascagoula to Bayou La Batre and Coden.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, there are two categories of waterspouts: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.
FOX10 News Meteorologist Michael White says these waterspouts are considered non-tornadic, or fair weather.
NOAA says 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.
FOX10 News spoke with the EMA Director Donald Langham who said nothing touched down and that everything seemed to be moving over the water.
Click here for more information from NOAA on waterspouts.