A scientist snapped a lucky shot in Louisiana on Wednesday just as twin “waterspouts” emerged from the waters of Grand Isle, which is located in the Gulf coast. While twisters formed over bodies of water aren’t so rare, it’s extremely rare to see two form at the same time, especially of this size. Usually, waterspouts actually form in the water and rise up, rather than being spun out from the clouds, creating a beautiful and mesmerizing scene. They’re also not as big as these and almost never make the jump to land, but these funnels were formed the old fashioned way and just happened to touch down on the water, meaning they had enough force to skip over to dry land and wreak some havoc.

Write-up by Amanda Crum

Photos by Tim Osborn