Reader Megan Frohlich has shared an image of the confirmed waterspout that formed on the Patuxent River in Southern Maryland on Tuesday.
The image backs up what radar showed yesterday afternoon -- that blue skies surrounded the small, isolated storm that produced the twister.
According to a report posted by the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., fire or rescue officials spotted the waterspout (which is the same as a tornado but over water) at 5:55 p.m. It was moving west across the Patuxent toward Maryland Route 231's Benedict Bridge.
Frohlich's shot is a view of the waterspout from a pier in Golden Beach, on the Charles County side of the Patuxent just south of the bridge.
The state ranked third for tornadoes per square mile on a list The Weather Channel compiled earlier this year.