Pictures of what looked like a tiny tornado over Lake Erie began popping up on social media Saturday evening as air cooling aloft the warm lake created the right conditions for a cold air funnel cloud.
The disturbance didn't register on the National Weather Service's radar but, judging from pictures taken by bystanders, meteorologists assume it was a funnel cloud as opposed to a water spout. In order for it to become a water spout, the funnel cloud would have to touch the surface of the water, which it did not appear to do.
Fairgoers at the Erie County Fair caught pictures of the cloud, as did others in the Southtowns. Eric Tyrone Crittendon-Jones caught this footage during the Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival near Riverworks on Ganson Street and posted it to Facebook. Be warned: The video contains some adult language.
Posted by Eric Tyrone Crittenden-Jones on Saturday, August 19, 2017
Some more pictures of the funnel cloud that were shared on Twitter:
— DK (@artpopZombie) August 19, 2017
— Jordan Collins (@DispatchMedic26) August 19, 2017