A call to the 7&4 Weather Center Friday morning led to the discovery of very isolated storm damage that appeared to have happened Wednesday night.
Greg Nye from Frankfort called 7&4 News about two large trees that snapped in his yard. Nye noticed the damage when he woke up Thursday morning. Further investigation by Nye showed a path of occasional damage from his home all the way to Lake Michigan about a quarter mile away.
A neighbor had two large trees fall on his home causing damage to the structure. Other trees were also strewn across that yard. Nye reports the trees were all laying in one direction, indicating it was most likely straight line winds rushing from the base of the thunderstorm, and not a tornado, although the National Weather Service will need to make that official determination.
Looking at radar archives in the 7&4 Weather Center, it looks like a strong (small) storm passed over Frankfort around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday night, and is the most likely culprit for the damage. Meteorologist Christina Burkhart will be visiting the scene today and will have much more on 7&4 News at 5,6, and 11.
Also noted are a few pictures and a video sent to us of a waterspout near Port Oneida in Leelanau County. Pat Harrison caught the waterspout on video Thursday at 4:40pm.
The National Weather Service in Gaylord says that waterspouts occur most frequently in northern Michigan during the months of August, September, and October, when the waters of the Great Lakes are near their warmest levels of the year. Waterspout formation typically occurs when cold air moves across the Great Lakes and results in large temperature differences between the warm water and the overriding cold air. They tend to last from about two to twenty minutes, and move along at speeds of 10 to 15 knots.