As a cold front pushed east of Washington on Saturday morning, it triggered a thunderstorm over the Chesapeake Bay, which spawned a picturesque waterspout.
The waterspout, which is a tornado over the water, caused no damage or injuries, but was photographed by many people along the shores of the bay, boaters, and on the Bay Bridge.
“Some drivers on the Eastern Shore between the Bay Bridge and Kent Narrows stopped along the roadside to watch the waterspout churn over the water but the storm otherwise had a minimal impact on traffic,” WTOP reported.
Many beachgoers at Sandy Point State Park also witnessed the spectacle.
— RichardF (@richardj013) July 15, 2017
Once the waterspout was spotted, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the eastern shores of the Chesapeake Bay about 11:35 a.m., including portions of Talbot, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties. The warning was lifted at noon.
— Tornado Talk (@tornado_talk) July 15, 2017
Waterspouts over the Chesapeake Bay are not terribly uncommon.
About two years ago, on July 17, 2015, multiple waterspouts were seen over the bay.
Below, see more photos and videos of Saturday’s waterspout:
— Tom Lynch (@TomLynch_) July 15, 2017
— Anita Samarth (@anitasamarth) July 15, 2017
— Sandy Point SP (@SandyPointSP) July 15, 2017
— Sandra R. Campbell (@Dead_Sassy) July 15, 2017
— Rebecca DiLuzio (@BeccaDlz) July 15, 2017
— Hurricane Shayne (@HurricaneShayne) July 15, 2017
— Will Maher (@Veal_Cutlets) July 15, 2017
— Chelsea Ingram (@ChelseaWeather) July 15, 2017
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