Just as quickly as they appeared, they were gone again. Two waterspouts formed side by side Tuesday afternoon September 18, 2007 over the Gulf of Mexico, off of Marco Island. Bystanders said they appeared far out over the water, one larger than the other, before being sucked back up into the rain cloud that stayed just over the Gulf of Mexico for the rest of the afternoon.
Resembling a huge stingray tail whipping down from a dark cloud, waterspouts are more spectacular than dangerous. But have a little respect for this weather phenomenon common in the summer months above the warm waters off coastal Florida.