Waterspout Hovers in Florida Keys at Sunset

A large waterspout was reported off the coast of Florida’s Summerland Key on October 9, against the backdrop of a sunset.

In this footage, the waterspout can be seen arching from the surface of the Atlantic Ocean to heavy clouds above. The video was taken in Summerland Key, an island about 20 miles east of Key West.

The waterspout was likely a “fair weather waterspout,” which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration describes as those that do not form during thunderstorms. These waterspouts develop on the surface of the water and work upward. Typically, fair weather waterspouts dissipate rapidly when they make landfall, and rarely penetrate far inland.

The National Weather Service called the October 9 waterspout “truly incredible.” Credit: Cannon Mobile Marine via Storyful