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From 1992 to 1995, I worked at Lubrizol Corporation in Wickliffe, Ohio. It is on the east side of Cleveland near Lake Erie.

On Tuesday, July 26, 1994 at about 1:00 pm I was returning to the office after lunch with some coworkers. Although the sky was mostly clear, there was a huge mass of clouds over Lake Erie. They spread from a rather small point in the west into a huge plume of clouds to the east.

As we drove back to the office, we saw glimpses of a waterspout under the clouds, but it was hard to see between the trees and buildings. When we got back to the office, I took this picture from a second floor window:

I watched it for several minutes. At first the funnel was a mostly straight diagonal, but it gradually undulated into a sort of "S" curve. (The curve is just forming in the picture.)

At one point, a smaller funnel appeared to the right of the main one, extended briefly to the water, then retracted back into the cloud.

Several waterspouts were spotted and photographed that day. I was lucky to see this one, and lucky to have my camera handy. (I kept it at my desk for taking pictures of trains outside).

Here are copies of the same image cropped and scaled to different sizes:
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1024 x 768

 
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