“Did the Great Lakes overtake the Florida Keys?”
The week of September 28th to October 4th was a record-setter for the Great Lakes - more than 230 waterspouts were spawned in that time, which comes out to about 33 per day.
Waterspouts are tornado-like vortices that form over water. Sometimes, but not often, they do move onto land and become official "tornadoes." They form when cold air from Canada moves over warm water; tornadoes are similar in that they form over open land when cold air from up north mixes with warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico.
Szilagyi has three decades of research behind him about waterspouts that he's planning on releasing in a study.
I'm a huge weather nerd, so this got me all kinds of excited. Of all the weather phenomena, tornadoes and waterspouts are my favorite. They're absolutely mesmerizing and fascinating.
However, if I was crossing the Mackinac Bridge and there was a waterspout visible in the straits, I think I'd probably wet myself and cry. But hey, we can just watch other peoples' videos instead.