Video captures waterspout forming in Tampa Bay

Claudine Zap

Onlookers in Tampa, Fla., caught a spectacular weather show yesterday when a waterspout formed in Tampa Bay. The video shows the waterspout beginning to form.

According to, the waterspout actually hit the shore and briefly became a tornado, damaging one home.

Station WTSP points out that Tampa Bay has the perfect ingredients for waterspout activity: “warm water, light winds, and high humidity.”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a waterspout is a combination of air and mist that forms into a funnel. Although they look cool, they can be as dangerous as tornadoes, especially ones that form during winter.

The ones formed during fair weather usually dissipate quickly once they hit land, as this one did.