Landspout briefly lands southeast of Phoenix



The waterspout was spotted Sunday afternoon in Sun Lakes along Interstate-10.

SUN LAKES, Ariz. — Residents of southeast Phoenix took to social media Sunday afternoon for an explanation of what appeared to be a tornado in the sky.

The Phoenix National Weather Service was quick to explain that it was actually a earthspout, not a tornado.

NWS Phoenix shared on Twitter that the waterspout was likely a funnel of cold air that briefly reached the ground.

Earthspouts form under small storms when there is instability due to surface heat under very cold air aloft, the NWS said.

Due to the landspout, a thunderstorm warning was issued near the area but expired shortly thereafter at 4 p.m.

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