Published July 09, 2013
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist and Social Media Coordinator Jesse Ferrell writes in his blog: "When I saw this photo this morning on Social Media, I couldn't believe it was real."
Ferrell has vetted the photo and says that it is one of dozens of photos of the photogenic waterspout that came on shore north of Tampa, Fla., Monday night (additional photos on Twitter and Facebook from Denis Philips (ABC) and Paul Dellegatto (FOX)). The photo (and video below) was taken by Joey Mole, of Safety Harbor, Fla.
Joey says he had never seen a waterspout before, and neither had his neighbors, who had lived there for 40 years. It made landfall only 250 feet from Joey's dock and went over his neighbor's home, two houses down. Joey says minor damage occurred, including missing shingles and downed trees.
For more about how Ferrell confirmed the photo's authenticity, read the WeatherMatrix Blog.