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A WATERSPOUT FILMED IN FLORIDA SO SURREAL YOU MIGHT THINK IT’S A FAKE

Jesse Ferrell, AccuWeather.com meteorologist and social media coordinator, didn’t believe what he saw in Tampa Bay earlier this week was real. The picture and video by Joey Mole in Safety Harbor show an unbelievable and surreal waterspout curving downward from a cloud into Old Tampa Bay.

“When I saw this photo this morning on social media, I couldn’t believe it was real,” he wrote on his blog.

(Photo: Joey Mole/Facebook) Evaluating the photo shared on Facebook pages of local meteorologists, Ferrell wrote that he had to actually vet its legitimacy because the image was so fantastic.

Ferrell wrote Tuesday that he is “95 percent sure of the photo’s authenticity,” which he added is “about as sure as I get without taking the picture myself.”

After going through the rabbit hole of tracking down the photo’s original source to evaluate its authenticity as much as possible, Ferrell eventually landed on Mole, who afterward sent him the original photo from which Ferrel was able to find the EXIF data below and show it was the real deal.