ST. PETERSBURG — While the chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm along the coast will remain just that this week, that doesn’t preclude the possibility a strong cell could form in the morning.
That exact scenario occurred Thursday morning as Times photographer Scott Keeler captured a waterspout as it formed just off Egmont Key in the mouth of Tampa Bay.
Since the waterspout did not move into land, it did not form into a tornado.
A waterspout formed off of Egmont Key and the mouth of Tampa Bay, Thursday morning as rain showers moved east from the Gulf. The waterspout was just west of barges being used by Norfolk Dredging in a beach renourishment project in Pinellas County. @TB_Times #flwx #waterspout pic.twitter.com/46U64zMBlk— Scott Keeler (@SKeelerTimes) June 14, 2018
It is not unusual for strong morning storms to suddenly form along the coast, according to the National Weather Service:
When surface winds are light in the summer, sea-breeze fronts from all around #Pinellas County collide, often forming the first thunderstorm of the day in this part of the #FL peninsula. This storm is known in weather circles as the "St Pete Storm", and its forming today. #flwx pic.twitter.com/5Z2MYvTYNz— NWS Tampa Bay (@NWSTampaBay) June 13, 2018