See Waterspout Near A.C.

A waterspout formed just off the coast of Atlantic City during Tuesday's storm

By Jean Casimir
|  Tuesday, May 21, 2013  |  Updated 1:33 PM EDT
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See Waterspout Near A.C.

Craig Macqueen

Water spout appeared off the coast off Atlantic City.

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What many might think was a tornado off of the coast of Atlantic City on Tuesday, was actually a waterspout.

Chris Filosa ran outside of the Rutgers Marine Field Station in Little Egg Harbor Township to record the phenomenon.

Although a waterspout is called a 'tornado over water,' their are a few differences between the two weather phenomenons.

A waterspout is classified into two categories, fair-weather and tornadic.

Fair-weather waterspouts, the more-common of the two, are weak twisters that occur in coastal, tropical or sub-tropical bodies of water.

The second type is called a 'tornadic' waterspout. Essentially, a 'tornadic' waterspout is a tornado over water. Tornadoes form from severe thunderstorms which means these waterspouts are stronger and more dangerous. Generally, this type of waterspout occurs when a land tornado ventures off into a body of water.

The waterspout that appeared in between Atlantic County's Brigantine and Ocean County's Long Beach Island formed around 4:37 p.m. and it lasted about five minutes, according to philly.com.

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