Today’s Fast Fire Fact

A fire whirl, also colloquially known as a fire devil, fire tornado, or firenado, is a whirlwind induced by a fire and often made up of flame. Fire whirls may occur when intense rising heat and turbulent wind conditions combine to form whirling eddies of air. These eddies can tighten into a tornado-like structure that sucks in burning debris and combustible gases. Rarely, however, do fire whirls grow to become actual tornadoes, which are violently rotating vortices connecting the surface to a cumuliform (such as pyrocumulus or pyrocumulonimbus) cloud base.

A Rare Firenado in Missouri

A Rare Firenado in Missouri

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