The bone-chilling temperatures in the Okanagan are resulting in interesting cloud formations over the lake.
Kevin Blakely captured a photo from his home in Lake Country of a waterspout dancing on Okanagan Lake Monday morning. Jordan Hagloff took his own photo from West Kelowna on Boxing Day of a similar phenomenon.
Waterspouts on Okanagan Lake are not unusual when temperatures plummet.
“They're pretty common in the Okanagan, particularly when we have a really unsettled airmass over us,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist in a previous interview.
“They tend to happen only over the lake when it's really cold and the lake is still quite warm.”
While the impressive spout may look like a tornado, the strong updraft doesn't actually pull much water from the lake.
“It's more like condensation due to pressure drop,” Lundquist said. “It's mostly just a strong updraft of really warm air in a cold airmass. They usually extend from the cloud downward like that to the water.”
The temperatures in Kelowna is currently at -25 C. Okanagan Lake's water temperatures is 4.2 C.
with files from Nich Johansen