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Waterspout spotted off Dunkirk

On radar, it looked like a green streak extending westward into Lake Erie from Dunkirk.

On camera, and the naked eye, it was a waterspout.

The waterspout was seen about 7:45 a.m. today. Showers in that area possibly were the cause, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. Waterspouts occur when cooler air passes over warmer water.

“It tends to happen more often at this time of year,” said meteorologist John Rozbicki.

Today’s weather could include a few showers, mainly south of Buffalo, as a cold front pushes through the area, Rozbicki. Then, the forecast looks generally dry through the remainder of the week and into the weekend.

Initially, temperatures will be a little below normal, with highs in the mid to upper 70s, Rozbicki said. It’ll warm up closer to normal – around 80 to the lower 80s – for the weekend.